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A generous donation funding the purchase of the Mornington Peninsula’s first scalp cooling machine will help reduce hair loss for women undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

A well-documented side effect of many chemotherapy drugs, hair loss often significantly impacts the quality of life of cancer patients. Cooling the scalp during chemotherapy allows less of the chemotherapy drug to reach the follicles, reducing the risk of hair loss. The device uses a small cooling system to pump a liquid coolant through a cap which fits snugly around the head.

Cold cap technology is currently only available in a small number of hospitals in Australia, but now cancer patients can access scalp cooling during their treatment at The Bays Hospital. Previously, many Mornington Peninsula patients have opted to travel to Melbourne in order to access scalp cooling.

The effects of breast of cancer can be devastating and the number of patients diagnosed continues to increase. Whilst the initial diagnosis is hard to accept, for many women one of the greatest challenges is the thought of losing their hair during treatment, as they feel it takes away part of their identity.

Breast Surgeon, Dr Joanna Morgan believes the local availability of scalp cooling will reduce the stress of having to travel for many patients. “Many of my patients request scalp cooling as part of their chemotherapy treatment plan. Having this available in Mornington is great for the Mornington Peninsula,” said Dr Morgan.

The Bays aims to tailor cancer treatment to meet the needs of individuals, offering the most up to date treatment, access to a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse and wig library. For more information about cancer services, cancer support groups, chemotherapy or scalp cooling at The Bays, please call 5976 5310 or email dayinfusion@thebays.com.au