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I am enquirying on behalf of a friend, diagnosed with cancer, which has now spread to secondary cancer.
She is due to start chemo soon. She is wanting to try a cold cap, but they don’t provide them where she is being treated.
Anyone know if you can get a cold cap device second hand or for rental anywhere?
Thanks for any help
Thank you for getting in touch and welcome to our Online Community.
I’m sorry to hear that your friend is having difficulties in accessing a cold cap.
It’s important to clarify if there is a clinical reason why a cold cap isn’t suitable for your friend or if it is an availability issue.
If it’s solely an availability issue, we would suggest your friend asks the staff in the chemotherapy unit if she can use her own cold cap as this will impact the length of time she will be at the hospital and may impact the chemotherapy schedule.
We would also suggest that your friend discusses her concerns with the oncologist. Coping with hair loss can be overwhelming for many people affected by cancer and it’s important that your friend has the opportunity to talk this through.
There are cold caps available to buy but as a charity we are not permitted to recommend a specific retailer. We are also aware of companies that do provide a rental service in the UK for cold caps.
It’s possible that your friend’s chemotherapy nurses will have information on buying or renting cold caps and this potential option should also be discussed with her oncologist.
I hope this information is helpful but please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if you have further questions and of course you and your friend are welcome to call the support line . There are several specialist teams who can assist with any clinical, emotional or financial questions.
Best wishes to you and your friend,
Cancer Information Nurse Specialist
although you cannot recommend, are you able to suggest where we could look to buy or rent. Can’t find anything on line.
Not sure if this will help, but my wife is having a lot of her chemo at home with healthcare at home (https://hah.co.uk/) at they will be lending us a cold cap system for the duration of the chemo. We're covered by insurance that covers all this, but I'm sure there must be a self-pay option as well.
The units are made by paxman scalp cooling, so it might be worth contacting them directly to see if they have a loan scheme: https://paxmanscalpcooling.com/the-system/global-partners/europe-and-russia
Thanks for getting back in touch with us.
I hope you found Elise’s answer helpful to read.
Interestingly one of my colleagues was asked a similar question from a caller to our Support Line. They had as Elise had said checked with their specialist that a cold cap would be an option to try, but due to resources one was not available at their hospital.
After a bit of research and by contacting this company direct we were able to let them know that they could supply and rent a cold cap to patients.
You could give them a call and discuss the cost and availability with them, but as Elise has said we can’t recommend that this product would be suitable for your friend.
We contacted other companies too, but they would only supply to healthcare professionals
You could also join our chemotherapy group online and ask others who have had a similar experience if they are aware of any other companies. And if others have used this company what their experience was like. I can see that BoobyCancer has already suggested another company you could contact.
The most important thing before deciding to rent cold cap equipment that your friend does talk to her oncologist and chemo unit, to make sure that they are suitable, and that the unit can facilitate its use.
Best wishes and take care.
Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.
Thank you so much BoobyCancer.
i have passed on the information.
hope your wife is doing ok.
Thank you so much. Much appreciated. Info passed on and I have joined the Chemo group.
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