Paxman 1 Patient AnglesmallA ‘scalp cooling’ masterclass is being held in Harrogate to help educate nurses about the pioneering treatment and the many myths that surround it.

Cancer affects people in different ways, but one of the most traumatic side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss. It is consistently ranked as one of the most distressing cancer treatment side effects.

Although 90 per cent of UK NHS hospitals now offer scalp cooling – a treatment that helps stop hair loss by cooling the scalp – the public’s awareness is extremely low.

It is believed that only 10 per cent of the public know what scalp cooling is, while 8 per cent of patients refuse chemotherapy because they don’t want to lose their hair. There are also several misconceptions about what the treatment is from both nurses and patients.

To help change this and offer cancer patients a more educated choice, nurses from across the UK are attending a scalp cooling masterclass.

The session will take place on Thursday 9 November 2017 at the Harrogate International Centre and will discuss the importance of scalp cooling to patients and examine the science behind it.

Exploring the myths

It will also include clinical updates, explore the myths and facts about the treatment and look at the importance of the cap fitting. There will also be several patient and clinical ‘pioneers’ from across the UK to talk about their personal experiences.

Claire Paxman, Director of Sales & Training at Paxman, explains: “Scalp cooling is an option for people going through chemotherapy, but sadly there are so many people who have never heard of the treatment. Others are put off from it because they have been given misconceptions of what it is like.

“We want to change this and are working hard to raise awareness. That’s why it’s so important that clinical staff are armed with the facts and they understand what scalp cooling is and how it works.”

Hair loss is a well-known side effect of many chemotherapy regimens, with many patients’ claiming it is the most traumatic aspect of their treatment. Scalp cooling provides the only real alternative to hair loss resulting in a high level of retention or complete hair preservation, improving patients’ self-confidence, and creating positive attitudes towards treatment.

Yorkshire scalp cooling pioneer Paxman is running the masterclass and it will coincide with this year’s UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) Annual Conference.

Used all over the world, the Paxman Scalp Cooling System is available in two models. The single model provides cooling for one patient and is suitable for a small chemotherapy suite or private bed, whilst the double system provides cooling for one or two patients simultaneously with each cap working independently. Backed by leading oncologists from around the world, the system has achieved global success in many hospitals and specialist cancer treatment centres.