New Breakthough Medical Device
DigniCap® was designed to help patients regain control after a cancer
diagnosis by reducing the burden of hair loss. Hair loss is a well-documented
side effect of many chemotherapy drugs. Chemotherapy induced hair loss
can be significantly reduced in most cases. The DigniCap® scalp Cooling
System offers you the possibility to keep all or most of your hair while
receiving certain chemotherapy treatments (there is FDA approval for breast
cancer but the system may be available to you with other cancers--FDA
approval in process).
DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System is designed to provide continuous cooling
with high efficacy, safety and acceptable patient comfort. This innovative
technology works by lowering the scalp temperature during chemotherapy
resulting in diminished blood flow to the scalp area so that less chemotherapy
reaches the hair cells. In addition, cellular metabolism within the hair
cells is slowed; therefore, not exposing hair cells to the full dose of
chemotherapy and may be able to survive the chemotherapy treatment.
The cooling system consists of a tight-fitting silicone cooling cap connected
to a computer operated cooling system that is placed on the patient’s
head 30 minutes prior to the start of chemotherapy infusion. Sensors in
the cap monitor and continuously adjust temperature to keep the scalp
cool throughout the entire cooling treatment. In addition, the cap is
equipped with a safety sensor to ensure temperature never drops below
freezing point of 32° F (0° C). The cap is at room temperature
when placed on the head and the treatment temperature is gradually achieved
over a short period time, once chemotherapy and post-infusion cooling
time are complete, the cap slowly warms up.
Your provider can best advise you if the DigniCap® Scalp cooling System
is compatible with your treatment. To schedule a treatment using DigniCap®
or for more information, please contact the Cancer for Cancer Prevention
and Treatment Infusion Center at
Cost of each treatment is $350.00 per infusion treatment
Insurance: on occasion, patients have been able to get their insurance company to
cover some of their scalp cooling treatment cost. If you can get a prescription
for a “cranial prosthesis”, you may have a chance to receive
some insurance coverage for your scalp cooling treatment.
Subsidies: “Hair” To Stay offers subsidies based on demonstrated financial
need. Recipients can be reimbursed up to $250 a month, up to $1,000 total.
For more information, please go to:
It is recommended that appointments be made 1 week prior to starting chemotherapy.
The Infusion Center will provide you with instructions prior to the start
of your treatment.
You must make sure you inform your Infusion clinical scheduling nurse that
you intend to use the DigniCap® Scalp Cooling System to ensure they
reserve the equipment for your appointment time.