The cold temperature of the cap constricts the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, preventing the chemotherapy medicine from reaching the hair follicles, therefore allowing the patient to preserve their hair. This process is referred to as vasoconstriction. The cold also slows down the hair follicle metabolism, making the hair cells dormant or less active, further preventing the absorption of chemotherapeutic drugs. During chemotherapy treatment, the patient wears the cap for:
Polar Cold Caps must be changed every 30 minutes during this entire process to ensure the scalp remains cold.
Premedication infusion is not considered chemotherapy and caps can be worn during this time.
As mentioned in the instructional video, important items to keep in mind while using Polar Cold Caps include:
Proper technique is essentially important to ensure the best possible results.
When removing cap, simply undo chin strap and remove cap as a helmet. Do not undo other fastened straps. Be sure next cap is ready to go prior to removing cap.
Polar Cold Caps are numbered 1 – 6. Be sure to use in numeric sequence to allow for sufficient freeze time.
Once you have received the Polar Cold Caps, place in ordinary home freezer with pink gel side facing out. Contact a local dry ice supplier and order a total of 60 lbs of dry ice. 30 lbs in slab form (4 slabs at 10 lbs each), 30 lbs in pellet form.
Once completed with treatment, place caps back in ordinary home freezer with gel side facing out.
Scalp Colling Process
At Polar Cold Caps, we believe in the importance of giving back. A portion of chemo cold caps purchase will be donated to the American Cancer Society, helping support the fight against cancer.
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