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Scalp cooling machine donated to RD&E Hospital to reduce hair loss for cancer patients

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: April 30, 2014

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CHERRYBROOK Ward, the hospital’s day case chemotherapy unit, is reducing the chances of hair-loss for cancer patients.

Cherrybrook has a new scalp cooling machine to reduce the chances of hair-loss for patients receiving chemotherapy.

The machine, which replaces an older model, has been generously donated by the charity Walk the Walk in partnership with the manufacturer Paxman.

Patient Professor Ann Craft has been using the cap for six weeks.

She said: “It was very painful at first but after 10 minutes the cold is more manageable. It’s been just amazing though and I haven’t lost any hair so far.”

Cherrybrook Matron Helen Daggar said “Losing your hair is a side effect that can be very difficult to come to terms with.

“We are delighted to have been gifted this new machine, as it means patients can benefit from improvements in the cap design, fitting and timings of wearing the device.

“They are also helped by the up-to-date information on caring for their hair throughout chemotherapy and after.”

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