New Scalp-Cooling Therapy Reduces Hair Loss from Chemotherapy


When Marisa Dolce was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the many fears she faced was losing her hair as a side effect of chemotherapy. Fortunately, the doctors at UConn Health’s Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center had a new scalp-cooling therapy for Dolce to try.

Hair is lost during chemotherapy because the chemotherapy drugs damage the hair follicles. The new therapy uses a tightly fitted silicone cap that circulates cooled liquid throughout. The scalp-cooling therapy limits the drug’s reach to the hair follicles. As a result, Dolce kept 70% of her hair.

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