“When I look in the mirror every morning, I don’t want to be reminded that I have cancer.”
Nebraska Hematology-Oncology offers new therapy for patients
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)-The hope for Dignicap is to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. Steven Seglin is the first patient at Nebraska Hematology-Oncology to use this device.
“When I look in the mirror every morning, I don’t want to be reminded that I have cancer,” said Steven Seglin.
A cancer diagnosis brings a flood of emotions. One fear many can share is losing their hair. With the help of this cooling cap, patients are able to preserve their hair.
“It encourages me to think that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on this thing. I’m not going to give up, and this gives me some strength,” said Seglin.
Cancer treatment can have different side effects on different patients.
“When it comes to hair loss, we can say that usually after around cycle two, that you’re going to expect some hair thinning or some hair loss based on what type of chemotherapy they are getting. We never quite know so that brings some insecurities to them,” said Sara Meents RN Clinical coordinator chemotherapy infusion at NHO.
But treatments continue to evolve.
“I’ve been here for 15 years, and from things that we didn’t do back 15 years ago to where we are now it is very exciting,” said Meents.
“I’m satisfied with it. As you can see I’ve kept most of my hair,” said Seglin.
So how is this futuristic-looking cap, able to help?
“Those blood vessels, it is constricting them so it’s minimizing the chemotherapy getting to those hair follicles,” said Lisa Kendle Director of Nursing at NHO.
“I know it’s working because I have lost most of my facial hair, I usually have a mustache and a short beard and they are gone,” said Seglin.
Dignicap started a foundation called Hair to stay which helps finance this treatment for patients who can not afford it.