Elasto-Gel Cold Cap For Hair Loss
Scalp cooling can reduce hair loss from chemotherapy - this cold cap is highly effective in 50-65% of women.
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"I have been on chemo for 11 months and have successfully kept my hair. My body hair and eyebrows are gone. The key is getting the caps cool the night before with dry ice. I start scalp cooling about 30-45 minutes before infusion, during infusion and about 3 hours or more after. I have Stage IV metestatic breast cancer and this allows me to have a little bit of normal in my life. Research this and try it if you are a candidate." - Ann, Live Better With community member.
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About Elasto-Gel Cold Cap For Hair Loss
The Elasto-Gel Cold Cap For Hair Loss can help reduce hair loss or hair thinning that is caused by chemotherapy.
The Elasto-Gel Cooling Cap at a glance:
- Highly effective in 50-65% of women
- Safe, comfortable, and reusable
- Remains flexible and stretchable when frozen
- Easy-adjust chin strap for the perfect fit
- Size small - medium
Cold Caps in detail:
Cold caps work by chilling and contracting (narrowing) the blood vessels to the scalp. When the blood vessels are narrowed, fewer chemotherapy drugs are carried to the follicles.
This means that your hair follicles are less likely to be affected by the chemotherapy drugs and your hair is more likely to be preserved.
There are some scalp cooling systems that work using coolant gel. The cooling cap is attached to a refrigeration machine that circulates this gel over the course of your treatment.
The Elasto-Gel Cold Cap works differently - kind of like an ice pack for your head. The cooling cap is kept in a freezer right up until it is worn.
Over the course of your chemotherapy session, the cooling cap will thaw. This usually takes 30-45 minutes, so depending on the length of your treatment sessions, you might find that it is necessary to swap out to a second cooling cap in order to keep your scalp cold.
Two studies recently published by the Journal of American Medicinal Association found that 50-65% of women who used scalp cooling during treatment found it "highly effective".
Please note: this product is for personal use only. Scalp cooling can reduce hair loss, but your hair may thin, or you may still lose it completely.
Scalp cooling is not recommended for everyone, depending on your type of cancer and treatments - so it's important that you talk to your doctor about whether scalp cooling is suitable for you before you buy a cooling cap.
Please see Product FAQs tab for some of the conditions in which cooling caps are not recommended.
Elasto-Gel Cold Cap FAQs
How does the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap work?
The Elasto-Gel Cooling Cap works by minimising blood flow to the hair follicles. This helps to reduce chemotherapy-induced hair follicle toxicity, which in turn helps to reduce or even prevent hair from falling out.
The Elasto-Gel Cap is designed to cool the scalp, to help narrow the blood cells and reduce the amount of drugs that reach the hair follicles during chemotherapy. By reducing the quantity of chemotherapy drugs that reach hair follicles, cold caps can sometimes help lessen or prevent the loss of hair expected in certain chemotherapy treatments.
Will the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap work for me?
Cooling caps such as the Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cool Cap has been very responsive in reducing hair loss in a number of research papers.
However, it’s important to do your homework though before buying, because some cold caps work better than others, depending on the particular type of treatment you’re having, so it’s important to speak with your doctor beforehand.
There are also some cases in which cold caps are not an option. For example, it’s not possible to use a cold cap when being treatment for cancers such as myeloma, leukaemia and lymphoma.
Please always consult your doctor before purchasing and using a cold cap.
The Elasto-Gel cap is not suitable if you fall into any of the categories below:
- you have a haematological cancer such as myeloma, leukaemia or lymphoma
- you are having high doses of chemotherapy
- you are having continuous chemotherapy for several days
- your liver isn't working well
- you have severe migraines
- you did not use scalp cooling during your first course of chemotherapy
Is there evidence that shows Elasto-Gel Caps work?
Since the introduction of Scalp Cooling in the 1970’s, many studies have been conducted to identify its efficiency and efficacy. The more information gathered about scalp cooling allows companies to improve their scalp cooling caps and machines. The current evidence shows that those who use cooling caps as per instructions of the makers, and who cooling caps are not contraindicated for (see Will the Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap work for me?) will see a degree of results. These results can not be predicted, however. If you are considering buying an Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cooling Cap do speak to your treating doctor or nurse before starting chemo to ensure you have the best chance of maintaining your hair.
Scalp Cooling Studies
Scalp cooling, a technique of cooling the scalp before, during and after administration of chemotherapy, has been developed to help combat the side effect of hair loss, and improve the quality of lives for patients.
Although widely used in the UK and Europe, scalp cooling is not as prominent within the US. Two randomised controlled studies that were published on the 14th February 2017 could provide more insight for prospective users.
The studies conducted by the University of California, San Francisco and The Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, both saw beneficial results. The participants for the studies were women diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 breast cancer. Their hair loss was then compared to participants with the same diagnosis and treatment but who were not given scalp cooling during chemo.
The first study found 36% of participants who wore the cooling cap had only 25% hair loss by the end of treatment, and 5% experienced no hair loss. The Baylor College of Medicine's study found that 50% of all participants kept at least 50% of their hair. The participants that did not have scalp cooling lost the majority, if not all their hair.
Both studies did reinforce that scalp cooling success does rely on the type of chemo, cancer diagnosis, and patient compliance; and consequently may not be suitable for all persons having chemo. But for those who know they need chemo, scalp cooling could alleviate the burden and stress associated with hair loss.
What is the difference between the Elasto-Gel and Scalp Cooling machine?
Elasto-Gel Hypothermia Cold Caps look very similar to the caps worn to the Scalp Cooling Machines, such as Paxman.
Both the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap and Scalp Cooling machines work with the same principle in mind. Both techniques require a tightly fitted cap to be worn before, during and after chemotherapy is administered. And both techniques will only be successful for specific chemo regimes and cancer types. However, they function slightly differently, and their effectiveness depends on the type of treatment you are having.
Your doctor will be able to advise which is most suited to your particular treatment plan. A scalp cooling machine is connected to a cap and continuously pumps cooling liquid into it. Cold caps need to be frozen in the freezer in advance and will warm up throughout treatment. For this reason, if your treatment is particularly long, it’s sometimes advised that you purchase two so you change caps within treatment. Not all hospitals have scalp cooling machines, so for some people, a cold cap makes a good alternative.
Does the Elasto-Gel Cold Cap have any side effects?
Cold caps can sometimes cause discomfort and headaches. Some people choose not to use a cold cap for this reason. It’s important to be aware of the potential side effects of using a cold cap before purchasing and using the Elasto-Gel.
How do I use the Elasto-Gel Cooling Cap?
You will need to keep your head cold before, during and after treatment. There are two methods of scalp cooling:
1. A ‘cold cap’, which is filled with a chilled gel.
2. A refrigerated cooling system, which pumps liquid coolant through a cap.
This cooling cap uses the first method.
- Ensure that the cold cap is affixed to your scalp at least 15 minutes before your chemotherapy treatment starts. Make sure it's a secure fit using the adjustable strap.
- Keep the cold cap on for the duration of your treatment, and 15 minuts after your treatment has ended.
- If the treatment is longer than 45 minutes, you may want to have a second cap on-hand to help keep your scalp cold. Many people find that it's necessary to switch their cold caps after 30 minutes. Make sure to keep extra caps frozen until needed - some clinics may have a freezer you can use, or many people also use dry ice to keep the caps cool.
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Meets your expectations! Really useful for avoiding hair lose because of chemotherapy. Doctors should recommend it. There are even investigations made on it.
very good, but doesn't stay cold very long,
I had to find out that you can only use it for 30 minutes. It starts to get warm. I have 5 more therapy sessions then I will know how well caps did.
It fits well and sure keeps my head cool. I just do not know what I would do without it. I am going to get a spare, so I always have one in the frig getting cold
i got the caps days before i started my chemo which was herceptin and paclitaxel every week for 12 weeks. The dr. and nurses said i'd lose all my hair after the 2nd treatment. I had 4 caps which i kept on dry ice until they were -15 degrees. I started them 20 minutes before the paclitaxel and 30 minutes after. I had very thick hair and still have about half. it was definitely worth it
Hello! I am a Stage 4 cancer patient, and have lost my hair twice, completely. Needless to say, I've gotten tired of wearing scarves, hats, and wigs, and just longed to keep my own hair! After growing a couple inches of hair back, I bought 6 caps to hopefully save my hair. I keep them in our home freezer, and as getting dry ice is complicated (and a continuous expense for someone in my condition!), I bought a small freezer to take along when I get chemo. The caps get between -13 and 5 degrees, and I keep careful tabs on them (using a infrared thermometer) to make sure the cap on my head doesn't get higher than 48 degrees. I put them on 20-30 minutes before chemo, and a couple hours after, changing hats every 20-30 minutes, depending how cold it was at the start. Well, it's been just over two months since I started my latest chemo, and I still have hair! I've thinned a lot (lost maybe half my hair), but with My Hair Secret hair spray on my scalp, hair-colored eyeshadow for in front of my ears and to fill in my hairline, and very careful styling, most people don't know I lost any hair! I have lost my eyebrows and lashes already, and my body hair is thinning, so I expect without the cold caps I would be long bald! In summary: the caps have not worked as well as I hoped, but they've worked well enough to give me a normal appearance, which is what I'm going for. :) By the way, in spite of having Stage 4 cancer (no remission, yet), I am 3 years post diagnosis and doing fine! And I'm waiting and hoping for real healing from my Father God! Best wishes to all!
I have been on chemo for 11 months and have successfully kept my hair. My body hair and eyebrows are gone. The key is getting the caps cool the night before with dry ice. I start scalp cooling about 30-45 minutes before infusion, during infusion and about 3 hours or more after. I have Stage IV metestatic breast cancer and this allows me to have a little bit of normal in my life. research this and try it if you are a candidate.
I completed chemotherapy in June 2012. I wore these caps during my treatment according to the instructions sent to me by Surfwater in Santa Cruz, CA. I lost a lot of hair, but with strategic use of hats and scarves I just looked like I was changing up my look and not suffering from cancer. I also found that on days I didn't want to wear a hat or scarf I could change my part (yes, combing-over worked) and because I'm tall and because people don't pay as much attention to us as we think or because people lied to me, I was told they couldn't tell that I had lost hair. I wore my caps for at least half an hour before treatment started and for at least 3 hours after. I had 5 in rotation, changed every 30 minutes, that I numbered so that I knew which one had been in the dry ice the longest. If they're properly cold enough, they will give you an ice cream headache every time you put one on, but I got kind of used to it. I had 4 chemo treatments and each time I kept thinking that I should give up on it because I was losing hair. So this is my last tip -- if you have dark hair, use Bumble + Bumble brown dry shampoo to hide thinning. It is like spray painting your head, but this also helped me get through. If you are reading this, then you must either know someone who has cancer or you have it yourself. I'm so terribly sorry. I wish you the best through treatment. These caps allowed me to feel normal while going through an abnormal experience.
I used the Elasto Gel cold caps on my third round of chemo after having lost my hair during the second round. I had Adriomicin & Cytoxin 4 dose dense cycles. And I have definite thinning, but plenty left, you cannot tell I even had chemo. I bought 5 caps, used dry ice to keep them at -30 degrees below zero. I would change caps every 25 minutes. I started using them 40 minutes before treatment (during premeds) and of course all during chemo and then 4.5 to 5 hours after treatment. I think that is the key to success, is to continue to use them long after chemo ends. I hope this review helps the next person. Please feel free to contact me at surfwaterbooks at hotmail dot com. Good Luck & God Bless.
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