Αρχική World News One Family’s Mission to Stop Hair Loss from Chemotherapy: Your Stories Podcast

One Family’s Mission to Stop Hair Loss from Chemotherapy: Your Stories Podcast

Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, developed the podcast series Your Stories: Conquering Cancer to showcase unscripted conversations between patients, doctors, and the family and friends who conquer cancer with them.

Losing your hair due to cancer treatment can be devastating, but hearing the stories of others who have been through a similar experience can help you cope. In the latest Your Stories episode, “Remembering Mum,” siblings Claire and Rich Paxman reflect on their late mother Sue’s experience and share how it inspires their work helping patients prevent hair loss.

Hair and heartbreak

Claire Paxman will never forget the day her mom lost her hair. “One of the worst things I’ve ever had to do—that gives me the passion and drive for what we do now—is stand in the bathroom with orange-handled scissors from the kitchen, cutting that beautiful, beautiful curly hair off,” recalls Claire.

Sue chose to part with her token curls when the side effects from chemotherapy kicked in. “She could hide it before that,” says Rich. “It was that clear sign she was going through chemotherapy.”

A legacy in preventing hair loss

Hair loss can be highly emotional for patients and their families. “There’s tens and tens of individual reasons why people want to keep their hair,” says Rich. “And the last one is vanity. It has nothing to do with vanity.”

Inspired by their experiences, the Paxman siblings created a scalp cooling technology to help patients limit hair loss. This technology is used before and during chemotherapy. Patients wear a soft cap that restricts blood flow to hair follicles and reduces their metabolic rate, which are 2 factors that contribute to hair loss from chemotherapy.

More than 30 clinical trials have been conducted since the 1970s to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of scalp cooling therapy. The Paxman’s scalp cooling system is 1 of 2 systems approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2015.

“What we do every day makes it a little bit easier, knowing that we’re helping people,” says Rich.

“All because of one incredible, special lady,” says Claire. “That’s mum who’s doing that. Mum’s legacy.”

Read a transcript.

Source

NEWSLETTER

Συμπληρώστε το email σας για να λαμβάνετε τις σημαντικότερες ειδήσεις από το ogkologos.com

Βρείτε μας

2,449ΥποστηρικτέςΚάντε Like
57ΑκόλουθοιΑκολουθήστε

Διαβαστε Επίσης

ΕΞΕΛΙΞΕΙΣ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΡΑΠΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΜΗ-ΜΙΚΡΟΚΥΤΤΑΡΙΚΟΥ ΚΑΡΚΙΝΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΟΝΑ (ΜΜΚΠ)

ΕΞΕΛΙΞΕΙΣ ΣΤΗ ΘΕΡΑΠΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΜΗ-ΜΙΚΡΟΚΥΤΤΑΡΙΚΟΥ ΚΑΡΚΙΝΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΠΝΕΥΜΟΝΑ (ΜΜΚΠ) Γράφει ο Δρ Παπαδούρης Σάββας, Παθόλογος-Ογκολόγος   Ο ΜΜΚΠ βρίσκεται αναλογικά στο 80% και πλέον του συνολικού...

Διατρέχουν όντως οι καρκινοπαθείς μεγαλύτερο κίνδυνο λόγω κοροναϊού;

Σε πρακτικό επίπεδο, τα δεδομένα των σχετικών μελετών υποδηλώνουν ότι η χημειοθεραπεία ή οι άλλες αντι-νεοπλασματικές θεραπείες δεν αυξάνουν σημαντικά τον κίνδυνο θνησιμότητας από...

FDA: Η ακτινοβολία των smartphones δεν προκαλεί καρκίνο

Σε μια νέα έκθεσή της, η Υπηρεσία Τροφίμων και Φαρμάκων (FDA) των ΗΠΑ αναφέρει ότι επανεξέτασε τις σχετικές επιστημονικές έρευνες που δημοσιεύθηκαν τα τελευταία...

Νέα ανακάλυψη, νέα ελπίδα για τον καρκίνο

Ένα νεοανακαλυφθέν τμήμα του ανοσοποιητικού μας συστήματος θα μπορούσε να αξιοποιηθεί για την αντιμετώπιση όλων των ειδών καρκίνου, σύμφωνα με επιστήμονες του πανεπιστημίου Cardiff...

Καρκίνος: Ευεργετική για τους καρκινοπαθείς η άσκηση

Σημαντικά ωφέλη προσφέρει η άσκηση, ακόμη και σε ασθενείς με καρκίνο. Οι περισσότεροι ασθενείς αγνοούν τα οφέλη που μπορεί να έχει γι’ αυτούς η συχνή...

Prostate Cancer

The article is provided by Scientific Communications Officer of NIPD Genetics, Ms Marina Charitou (MSc) Prostate Cancer Awareness Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer...
- Advertisment -

Ροή Ειδήσεων

News digest – ovarian cancer blood test, statins, spending review and head and neck cancer immunotherapy

Ovarian cancer blood test ‘better than previously thought’   A new investigation into an existing blood test to detect ovarian cancer has uncovered better-than-expected...

Woman with Nonverbal Autism Diagnosed with Breast Cancer After Caregiver Sister Finds Lump

Tabitha Cyrus, whose friends and family affectionately call her Taffy, was three years old when she was diagnosed with autism. Her family had anticipated...

Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer: How I Reinvented Myself

Shonte Drakeford is a 36-year-old Washington, D.C. native, nurse practitioner, United States Army wife, and German Shepherd mama. She was diagnosed with stage IV...

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is a predominately plant based diet that accents omega 3 rich fish sources and whole foods that are minimally processed. Olives...

Results of Continuous vs Intermittent Dosing Schedules of BRAF/MEK Inhibitor Combination Therapy in the S1320 Study

Opposite to the initial study hypothesis, the results of the S1320 indicate that intermittent dosing of BRAF/MEK inhibitor combination did not improve progression-free survival...

FDA Approves Companion Diagnostic to Identify NTRK Fusions in Solid Tumours for Larotrectinib

On 23 October 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based FoundationOne CDx test (Foundation Medicine, Inc.) as a...