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    Idea for Reducing Some Chemo Side Effects

    Some breast cancer patients have been able to prevent hair loss with scalp cooling during chemotherapy. Multiple studies have found that 10-100% of patients kept their hair. In the newest news release of a Baylor study, 50% of the scalp cooling patients kept their hair while none of the control group kept theirs. In this last study, some participants wore the cooling caps only during the infusion period and others kept them for another 90 minutes afterwards.

    Note that this was done with breast cancer and it may work differently (better/worse?) with other treatments.

    Chemotherapy affects rapidly dividing cells, like the cells that grow hair, line our intestines and mouth, make up or skin, etc. The idea behind cooling is limiting chemotherapy into these areas to slow these cells down and/or shrink blood vessels.

    Which got me wondering if some patients who have side effects such as mouth, skin, nail, and nerve problems might be helped the same way? It might be a simple to hold onto a cold pack during treatment and see if it alleviates symptoms for someone who suffers from raw hands/foot problems? Or suck on ice chips during infusions to see if mouth problems are lessened? Of most benefit would be halting neuropathy somehow.

    All these chemo side effects are located near the surface of the body where cooling might be easily applied. Freezing and causing cell damage would be bad. And we have to consider that it could make the problems worse, which is why we do these things in clinical trials.

    David
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    Just noticed that CaptainR had independently helped a foot problem with a similar solution - a cold towel.

    https://www.cancerforums.net/threads...l=1#post317377
    BRCA2 3398del5
    Dec 2010 - back/abd pain
    May 2011 - Unresectable stage III, 2.5cm tumor
    Jun-Aug 2011 - Gem/Cis, 9 rounds
    Oct-Nov 2011 - Radiation+Xeloda, 25 days in 5 weeks
    Oct 2011-Sep 2012 - shrinking tumor
    Feb 2012 - National Familial Pancreatic Study
    Aug 2012 - Downgraded to stage IIA, PGP
    Sep 2012 - Whipple, T3N0M0, 0.5cm tumor, 0/16 lymph nodes
    Dec 2012 - Quebec PanCan Study
    Sep 2012-Nov 2017 - NED
    Mar 2013-present - NCT01088789
    @pancanology

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    Wondering why there's no further discussion on this topic. Has anyone tried this with pancreatic cancer treatments?

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    I just read a note in a cancer magazine at my cancer center saying some insurance and medicaid are starting to pay for cold caps. Anyone else hear about this?
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    Currently fighting 4th cancer diagnosis since 1997. I am in chemo again and bald again - smile

 

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