Charity donation helps chemo patients

By Ian Dipple Thursday 04 April 2013 Updated: 05/04 09:07

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A BREAST cancer charity has donated new equipment to the Alexandra Hospital to help prevent hair loss in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Walk the Walk donated the scalp cooling machines to the Garden Suite at the Woodrow Drive hospital as for many people losing their hair while having the treatment is devastating.

The charity aims to put the machines in hospitals throughout the UK as well as provide training for staff and maintenance.

Scalp coolers work by placing a silicone cap connected to a small refrigeration unit on the patient’s head prior to receiving the chemotherapy drug. The machine reduces the temperature of the scalp, restricting the amount of blood reaching the hair follicles, and protecting the hair follicle from the effects of the concentrated chemotherapy drugs carried in the blood stream and increases the chance of retaining the hair.

Fay Lanham, lead oncology nurse for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said they were extremely grateful for the donation.

"We hope this equipment will help further improve results for our patients."

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