A special helmet that prevents hair loss for women with breast cancer

It was wrong.

Shortly before the end of her first series of treatments, the 48-year-old from Quispamsis lost no hair, all because of a new procedure, little known in Canada but now available at Regional Hospital de Saint-Jean: scalp cooling.

Saint-Jean Hospital recently received two copies of this machine, the first in Atlantic Canada. This technology cools and freezes hair follicles during chemotherapy.

Donation from two employees

Two Horizon Health Network employees donated this helmet to the hospital’s oncology department.

Nurse Mary O’Brien and her husband, Dr. Ashley O’Brien, purchased this device while Mary was battling breast cancer.

When this equipment became obsolete, the couple wrote to the St. John’s Regional Hospital Foundation to purchase new machines. Thanks to donations from the community, the foundation was able to purchase two of them.

Tammy WegenerAn active woman who enjoys playing musical instruments and kayaking on a lake near her home, she has been using a Paxman for three months. And unlike patients living in the United States, they do not need to pay to use it.

She acknowledges that the success of treatment depends on the patient, the type of chemotherapy and the condition of the hair.

Many women said they might lose some of their hair or notice thinning. I think I’m the first one who didn’t lose her hair I noticed.

She was skeptical at first and wasn’t keen on freezing her head for a few hours, but decided to try it anyway.

Six women use it, five women are waiting

Currently, six women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer using one of two scalp coolers and five others are waiting for a spot this summer. She plans to continue treatment until the end of her next round of chemotherapy in mid-June.

I’m glad I got this choice and I believe this choice should be available to all women. she is convinced.

This mother of four considers it important to maintain her hair during breast cancer treatment. It is good for physical and mental health. It brings peace of mind, especially when she is in front of her children.

By keeping her hair she wishes her children would be less afraid of her reality and what the future holds.

Based on a report by CBC’s Rachel Huizinga

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