Inner cooling cap (right) and outer cap cover (left).
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System is proud to announce the newest addition to Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, the Paxman Scalp Cooling System. Available to patients receiving chemotherapy treatments for solid tumor cancer, our goal is to help our patients look and feel their best while fighting a difficult battle.
What is Paxman Scalp Cooling?
Chemotherapy drugs used to treat solid tumor cancer work by targeting all of the body’s rapidly dividing cells. Since hair is the second fastest dividing cell in the body, hair-loss is an inevitable side effect of chemotherapy. Paxman Scalp Cooling is a procedure that works to prevent hair-loss caused by certain chemotherapy drugs.
How does it work?
Administered through an inner and outer scalp cap during each chemotherapy treatment, Paxman technology lowers the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees before, during, and after treatment. As a result, the three-stage cooling process reduces the blood flow to the hair follicles, minimizing hair loss.
Three-stage scalp cooling process
Is scalp cooling right for me?
When considering a new treatment, patients should evaluate the risks and benefits with their doctor. Paxman Scalp Cooling is not recommended for patients with:
- An existing history or presence of scalp metastasis
- Cancers of the head and neck
- CNS malignancies
- Cold sensitivity
- Hematological malignancies
- Imminent bone marrow ablation chemotherapy
- Previously received, scheduled, or imminent skull irradiation
- Severe liver or renal disease
- Skin cancers
- Small cell carcinoma of the lung
- Solid tumors that have a high likelihood for metastasis in transit
- Squamous cell carcinoma of the lung
How do I get started?
If you have questions or would like to learn more about Paxman Scalp Cooling treatments, call Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center at (828) 262-4332 or visit paxmanusa.com.
No visible reminder of your surgery, cancer or risk of cancer
If surgery is recommended to remove breast cancer, patients can take comfort in the fact that Watauga Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals in North Carolina to offer Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery. Both Dr. Anne-Corinne Beaver and Dr. Paul Dagher of Watauga Surgical Group have been recognized as Hidden Scar® Trained Surgeons for Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery.
Breast cancer can be surgically removed with a mastectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue) or a lumpectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove only part of your breast tissue). With a Hidden Scar procedure, your surgeon will place the incision in a location that is hard to see, so that the scar is not visible when your incision heals. As a result, you have little to no visible reminder of the surgery or your cancer.
Patients who undergo this approach experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes, and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other surgical technique.1 You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery based on the size and location of your tumor, your breast shape, and your breast size. Ask us if you are a candidate for a Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery by calling Watauga Surgical Group at(828) 264-2340 to schedule a consultation. Want more information on Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery? Visit breastcancersurgery.com to learn more.
“Survivors tend to worry about how their body will look [post-surgery] and how that might affect their confidence moving forward,” said Dr. Beaver. “Fortunately, thanks to this advanced surgical technique, we are able in most cases to hide the scar and with it remove the reminder of breast cancer for our patients.”
Practicing healthy eating habits throughout cancer treatment is essential. Staying hydrated and maintaining muscle tissue with adequate fluids, calories and nutrients can reduce treatment delays, improve immune system and help minimize side effects. Research shows that plant-based foods are also a vital component to overall health during and after cancer treatment.
The American Cancer Society published their recommendations that cancer survivors should eat “plant-based foods that are high in fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains while at the same time being low in red and processed meats, refined grains, and sugars.”
Dining with the Dietitian is a new service offered by our registered dietitian, Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN to ensure patients are aware of these recommendations. The dietitian will offer healthy, nutritious snacks on a monthly basis and provide education on the benefits of each recipe.
Recipes are also provided and available by clicking the links below.
For more information please contact:
Laura Shroyer, RDN, LDN
The Cancer Resource Alliance (CRA) is a comprehensive team of healthcare professionals, business partners, cancer caregivers and cancer survivor volunteers. The Alliance was established in 2006 as an outreach arm of Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center in Watauga County, the American Cancer Society and the Rural Healthcare Initiative of Avery County. The CRA presence in Watauga and Avery counties is further committed to helping Cancer Center cancer patients who qualify for assistance and their families with support services and programs.
Watauga County Cancer Resource Alliance
338 Deerfield Road
Boone, NC 28607
Avery County Cancer Resource Alliance
436 Hospital Drive, Suite 115
Linville, NC 28646
Programs & Services offered through CRA:
- Art Cart
- Caregiver Support
- Face and Skin Care Classes
- Lymphedema Education
- Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Day
- Lighting of the Tree Ceremony
- Massage Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Open Studio Art Classes
- Thrive Oncology Wellness Program
- Wigs & Prosthetics
You Can Help
The CRA is supported completely by donations. To make a tax-deductible donation to the CRA Fund, contact Appalachian Regional Healthcare Foundation at (828) 262-4391 or visit www.foundation.apprhs.org
For more information about CRA programs or to volunteer, contact the Director of Oncology Services at (828) 262-4332.