I cold capped all the way through. It was too loose first time so I did lose some hair - but kept enough that I did not need to use a wig. Towards the end I was using a hairband to cover a thin strip over the top of my head - arising from the loose cap.
I was told that it was worth continuing with the cap even with hair loss because it would mean it grew back more quickly and would be more likely to be the same colour. I don't know how true this is but in my case it certainly did recover pretty fast - and it did grow back the same colour.
Good luck with treatment.
Thats brilliant to know Blondy...
I had loads of thick hair and after the first session started loosing so much that I shaved it down to Grade 4 and bought a wig, I have continued to cold cap and although I still loose hair its still a decent covering and my theory has been it will grow back more quickly and evenly after so your post has cheered me right up...also on a plus Id completely forgotten what colour it is..x
Hi I'm from the October monthly thread and had my last chemo (fecx6) two weeks ago. Are you sure you've lost 70% already. I felt like that but my partner reckons I've lost less than 50%.
I cold capped through all my sessions and had fairly good results. I did cut my hair short prior to starting. I had the most loss just before and after fec 2. Like blondy mine thinned quite a bit on top to the point where you could see my head but I wasn't completely bald. The sides and back thinned but not as much as the top and I kept a good fringe. If I was 6ft I don't think anyone would know but unfortunately I'm only 5ft 2. I haven't worn a wig either.
Anyway, just to let you know that I'm now 2 weeks after last fec and both me and OH think my hair is growing as my head (although still visible) doesn't look quite as visible. However, other ladies on oct thread who didn't cold cap have also reported their hair growing back prior to last chemo session.
Hope this helps you. If you want any more info then either pm me or pop on oct thread and I will pick the message up. Good luck, I hope the cold cap works for you I am glad I persevered with it.
I'm sorry you haven't yet received a reply to your post and hope you get a response soon.
In the meantime it may be useful to have a look at these threads where other members have been discussing the use of cold caps:
All the best,
Helena at Breast Cancer Care
I finished my second round of FEC 10 days ago. I used the cold cap on both the first and second sessions. I am not convinced that it was on properly the first time as I had no pain and actually asked if it was cold enough. The second time it was very painful for the first 15 minutes. I have lost a large amount of my hair. Probably 70% and it continues to shed now so I am not convinced I will keep any of it. This has been very difficult for me and worse in some respects to cope with than the surgery.
My oncology nurse has said to continue with the cold cap even if I loose my hair as she said it makes hair regrowth quicker. Did anyone find this please? It adds a further 3 hours to my treatment so if it is not going to work then I may forget it.
Thank you very much for any help on this.