NCS is the 1st in the Region to offer DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System
Nebraska Cancer Specialists has invested in DigniCap®, a proven approach to reduce chemotherapy-induced hair loss, helping patients maintain privacy, self-esteem and control during a critical period of treatment. The DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System minimizes hair loss from certain chemotherapy treatments for men and women with solid tumor cancers such as those associated with breast, prostate, ovarian, uterine, and other tissues.
Hair loss can be one of the most devastating side effects of chemotherapy and can negatively affect self-image, conﬁdence and overall well-being during treatment.
By using DigniCap to save your hair, you can maintain privacy, identity and a sense of control during treatment.
Reduced temperature to your scalp causes the hair follicles to narrow and cell activity in the area to slow down. This results in decreased blood flow to the scalp so that less chemotherapy reaches the hair follicles.
Scalp cooling must be used at every chemotherapy session to be effective. The caps will be ﬁtted prior to treatment and connected to the DigniCap device.
In 2015, DigniCap was the first scalp cooling device to receive FDA clearance after completing a rigorous clinical trial in which 66% of patients kept the majority of their hair.
Scalp cooling feels cold, but most people tolerate DigniCap very well. Your doctor may provide a pain reliever if you develop a headache. A warm drink and blanket can also help during treatments.
The goal of scalp cooling is to reduce overall hair loss so that a wig, cap, scarf or other head covering is not needed.
In the U.S., some patients are receiving insurance reimbursement. At Nebraska Cancer Specialists, we do offer financial assistance through our NCS Hope Foundation. Ask a member of your NCS Medical Oncology Care team for details.
DigniCap can be used by patients undergoing chemotherapy for solid tumors such as those associated with breast, prostate, ovarian, uterine and other tissues.
Will it work for me?
Everyone can expect to experience some degree of hair loss during chemotherapy. Outcome is dependent on several factors including chemotherapy regimen, dose, duration of drug infusion, chemotherapy drug metabolism and other medical considerations. It is not always possible to know how effective scalp cooling will be until you try it.
Scalp cooling can minimize hair loss during chemotherapy, but you should be careful with your hair during treatment. Recommendations on how to take care of your hair while using DigniCap can be found by clicking the link below.