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Janice.

Location: UK
Cancer type: Breast
Drug type: FEC-T
Hair type: Long, thick

" I was so happy to have any hair, I never had a bald patch just thinning on top. Everyone said that if you hadn’t of known me before you wouldn’t think I was having cancer treatment. "

My treatment began with Chemo on February 14th 2019. I was informed about Scalp Cooling on the day of my diagnosis results in October 2018, the nurses said I didn’t have to lose all my hair as they had the scalp cooling machines in the Sandra Chapman Centre where chemo is given.

The Paxman cold cap was what I expected, I had been told by numerous people that they could not tolerate it but I was determined and the nurses said it was the first ten minutes that it was the worst then you became used to it, which is exactly what I found. The team at Sandra Chapman were very encouraging with the cold cap.

March 2019 - 2nd Round

October 2019 - Thinnest Hair

October 2020 - A year Later

I should have got a hair band earlier on as I found the edge of the cap was sharp and dug into my forehead. It was more comfortable when I wore a cotton band just under the front edge of the hard cap. I didn’t wash my hair for a few days afterwards and then only just gently dunked it into water and never rubbed it. I changed my shampoos to very gentle ones and stopped putting chemical dye on my hair.

I did not lose any hair during the first four rounds of chemotherapy.  My hair actual only started to come out after my operation. I continued with the Paxman for the next four rounds of chemo and there was a gradual thinning on the crown of my head.

I was so happy to have any hair, I never had a bald patch just thinning on top. Everyone said that if you hadn’t known me before you wouldn’t think I was having cancer treatment. I have written about it a lot on social media urging everyone to know about it and tell their friends.

 

"I would like to thank all the staff at the Sandra Chapman Centre, James Paget University Hospital, Norfolk. Who together with my husband Ian got me through each stage day by day. I particularly have been raising awareness for the “Little Lifts” charity who provide Care Boxes to every breast cancer patient receiving chemo."

 
 

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