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Every morning when I brush my hair and see that I am losing a few strands, I feel unnerved. When I feel distressed about losing even a small amount of hair, it makes me think of what people undergoing chemotherapy treatment must be experiencing. Also Read - Horoscope Today, November 8: Monday Blues For Aries, Taurus; Energetic Day For Cancer

As per Cancer.gov, in 2015, an estimated 1,658,370 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, and 589,430 people will die from the disease. With such soaring statistics, this means that the number of patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment is also increasing. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in each outpatient oncology clinic in the U.S., about 650,000 cancer patients receive chemotherapy each year. Also Read - Tobacco, Pollution And Now Obesity is The Culprit Behind Increasing Cancer Load in India

In the midst of their ongoing battle to becoming cancer-free, hair loss is an added burden for most cancer patients. It is an obvious side-effect of chemotherapy—as patients transition from one phase to another, a balding scalp becomes a leads to changes internally and externally.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Chemotherapy drugs are powerful medications that attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body—including those in your hair roots.” Different doses of the treatment can cause any range of effects on hair, from thinning to complete baldness. To hide the reaction of chemotherapy, some patients use wigs, but the mental and emotional effects of hair loss one goes through is hard to imagine.

Cooling caps have now proven to be a ray of hope in the lives of those undergoing chemotherapy. These caps prevent alopecia by preventing cancer-fighting drugs from reaching the hair follicles. Cold cap therapy, or modern day scalp cooling, involves the use of a special cap or set of caps cooled to chilling temperatures and worn for a period of hours before, during and after each chemotherapy treatment.

When the cold elements are applied to the scalp in the form of cold caps, blood vessels that would otherwise carry the drugs to the hair follicles become restricted. Consequently, preserving patient’s scalp hair.

One of the most popular brands selling cold caps, Penguin, says on their website that “cooling caps are made with medical grade hypo-allergenic plastics on the underside of the cap and have a blue nylon covering. Inside the cap is a specially formulated crylon gel.” The caps are sold to customers on a rental basis at prices ranging from $500 to $550.

Another company, Chemo cold caps, sells their product for $395 plus tax, where applicable, a one-time shipping and handling charge for a single session.

However, in an article on The Post & Courier, one interviewee says that cold caps do not work for everyone. The success rate is approximately 85 to 90 percent and the caps need to be changed every 28 minutes, all day long, every time the interviewee needed treatment.

The success rate is not discouraging, and there is no harm in giving the cooling cap a try—but before doing so, be sure to contact your health care provider.