Infirmary Cancer Care becomes first in region to help patients retain their hair during chemotherapy

Mobile, Ala. (Nov. 8) - Infirmary Cancer Care recently became the first cancer treatment center in the region to offer the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System which helps patients retain their hair during chemotherapy treatments.

“Hair loss associated with chemotherapy is one of the most common effects associated with cancer for patients. It can be a constant reminder of their treatment and a personal identifier of being ill,” said Stefanie Willis-Turner, clinical director at Infirmary Cancer Care. “Infirmary Cancer Care, with the support of the Infirmary Foundation, is committed to providing the best care for our patients and we are excited to be able to offer the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System to our community.” 

The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System has been identified to reduce the likelihood of chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA) in cancer patients with solid tumors such as: ovarian, breast, colorectal, bowel and prostate cancer. Scalp cooling provides a proven alternative to hair loss, resulting in a high level of retention or even complete hair preservation, improving patients’ experience during treatment.

The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System (also known as the ‘cold cap’) alleviates the damage caused to the hair follicles by chemotherapy. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.  Liquid coolant passes through the cap extracting heat from the patient’s scalp, ensuring the scalp remains at an even, constant temperature to minimize hair loss.

The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System was developed by the Paxman family. The concept behind the technology came when mother of four, Sue Paxman, experienced first-hand the trauma of chemotherapy-induced hair loss. The company has since been on a personal journey to ensure Sue’s legacy lives on by helping people around the globe minimize chemotherapy-induced hair loss and contribute to their quality of life. 

The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System may be covered by some insurance companies. Also, patients may qualify for financial assistance. Call #435-CARE (2273) for more information.