Woman who battled 12 rounds of chemotherapy credits an ice cap for helping her keep her hair

Mail Online | 3/1/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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A scalp-cooling treatment helped a cancer sufferer keep her hair - and identity - while she battled chemotherapy.

Amanda White, 37, of Didsbury, Manchester, found a lump in her breast in January 2017 while training to trek to Everest Base Camp.

Ms - White - Head - Rail - Transport

Ms White - who was head of rail at Transport for Greater Manchester - visited a walk-in GP centre on her lunch break and was later diagnosed with cancer.

While she endured 12 rounds of chemo over 18 weeks - as well as surgery and three weeks of radiotherapy - Ms White wore the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System cap.

Cap - Head - Temperature - Blood - Supply

The cap lowers the head's temperature, which reduces the blood supply to the hair follicles, making them less able to take-up chemotherapy toxins.

Now in remission, Ms White credits the cap for helping her avoid the 'cancer label' and giving her the confidence to continue living her life while she fought the disease.

Speaking - Technology - Ms - White - Cap

Speaking of the technology, Ms White said: 'The scalp-cooling cap allowed me to feel more like myself during a difficult time.

'Cancer can keep you from leaving the house, it affects your self confidence and you avoid looking people in the eye. It feels like everyone knows you have cancer.

Inside - Hair - Outside - Cancer - Label

'Although you might feel terrible on the inside, by keeping your hair you can look and feel better on the outside, you are not carrying the cancer label with you.

'The treatment can take so much away from you, your ability to work and socialise etc, but by being able to keep my hair, cancer didn't take away my identity.'

Speaking - Diagnosis - Ms - White - 'I

Speaking of her diagnosis, Ms White said: 'I had found a lump ten years ago which had turned out to be a cyst but I knew this was different.

'The GP thought it wouldn't be too seriously but I was sent for an ultrasound,...
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