A new treatment might spare cancer patients “one of the most feared side effects of chemo.”
That was the tease used by a local TV station at the beginning of tonight’s newscast. Naturally it got my attention. So I waited for the story with great curiosity. And what was the “most feared side effect”? Hair loss.
Seriously, who writes this stuff? Nobody likes losing their hair, but it’s far from being the most feared side effect. Hair grows back. Big deal. What about permanent heart, lung, liver, or kidney damage? Blood or nervous system disorders? Infection?
Nor was the treatment they mentioned “new.” Cold caps, worn during chemo to chill the scalp and reduce the chance of hair loss, are not new. The only thing new was that this particular cap, the DigniCap, is the first to be approved by the FDA. You may have an interest in such a product. I did not. I was concerned about far more serious side effects than hair loss. And as it turned out, it was the least of my problems.