According to The New York Daily News, The Dignicap is a Swedish-born device that has been successfully used in Europe since 1999 but is just now being tested here in the United States. The cap is placed on the patient’s head at room temperature 30 minutes before chemotherapy begins. It is then hooked up to a refrigerator unit that gradually cools the cap to 37 degrees. The cap is worn all through the chemo process and warn 1-2 hours after treatment.
Patient Carolyn Dempsey was one of many women who panicked about hair loss upon receiving her diagnosis of breast cancer. It wasn’t until a friend told her about a scalp cooling technique that has proven to reduce hair loss for patients with early stage cancer than she thought she may not have to actually “wear” her disease.
“Not having that reminder every time you look in the mirror that you are sick, and you look normal to your family made the chemo much more bearable,” said Dempsey, “Instead of illness, I saw myself. Many people had no idea I had cancer.”