New machines that help stop hair loss are making a life-changing difference for chemotherapy patients.
Five Paxman scalp cooling cap machines have been bought for Southend Hospital, after several generous charity legacy donations hit the £60,000 fundraising target.
The treatment works by reducing the temperature of a patient’s scalp by just a few degrees immediately before, during and after having chemotherapy. This in turn reduces the blood flow to hair follicles, which may prevent or minimise hair loss.
It is estimated that the blood flow is reduced to 20-40% of the normal rate through scalp cooling, which helps reduce the amount of chemotherapy that reaches hair.
Hannah Overland, deputy director of nursing for Cancer at Southend, said: “Scalp cooling can mean the opportunity to regain some control and maintain a positive attitude towards treatment.
“We’re extremely grateful for this donation. It is definitely a game changer for Essex chemotherapy patients, as for some people hair loss can be one of the most traumatic side effects of chemotherapy treatment.”
Lucy Thomas-Clayton, director of charities and voluntary services at mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “Combined legacy donations such as this make a huge lasting impact. It allows us to buy the latest medical equipment and make a real difference to the lives of patients.”
To find out more about leaving a legacy donation, please contact the Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity team.