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How one Israeli hospital is combatting chemotherapy-based hair loss

Updated: Jul 14, 2023

By Jerusalem Post Staff

'Bald cap'' for women and men to prevent hair loss during cancer treatments. Credit: Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital

A hospital in Ashdod has helped decrease hair loss for people who are going through chemotherapy treatment for a cancer diagnosis. The treatment, known for causing hair loss in patients, aims to help decrease stimulants leading to hair loss through cooling caps.

A special treatment that has so far helped prevent 70% of hair loss has come into use at Samson Assuta Ashdod University Hospital. This treatment comes in the form of a special hat that the patient wears during cancer treatment. While wearing the device, cooling fluids are injected into it that helps keep the temperature of the scalp up to only 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

During cancer treatments, the follicles around the hair root shrink and the blood does not flow to the hair root. Because of this, it does not damage the hair root as a result of the chemotherapy process.

This treatment is available to patients at Assuta without any need for a referral or a unique commitment but as part of the treatment routine.


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