Thanks to the kindness of our wonderful supporters, donors and fundraisers, we are delighted to let you know that we have funded a second anti-hair loss system for the Chemotherapy Unit here at Royal Preston Hospital
We have used £25,200 of charitable funds to buy a specialist Paxman Scalp Cooling System. This will join a piece of the same kit that’s already in place on the unit, which was in such high demand that a second system was necessary.
While not all chemotherapy medicines cause hair loss, patients on those treatments that do can often find it one of the hardest things about living with cancer; the physical change can have a huge impact on both men and women who have to go through it. For a patient to keep their hair can mean they have a more positive experience and outlook towards their treatment, and for some it can mean the preservation of their privacy too – hair loss can be a very tell-tale sign of chemo, and not everyone is comfortable with their condition being so visible.
There is extensive evidence to show that the Paxman system is highly effective in combatting chemotherapy induced hair loss and in some patients, it can even completely preserve their hair. The cooling system works by significantly reducing blood flow to the scalp, which results in less chemotherapy medicine reaching the hair follicles.
The money we spent on the system included a £5,200 donation from the Medicash Foundation, the charitable arm of the Liverpool-based health insurer Medicash, and a £2,500 award from the David Brooke Charity.
We also put almost £1,100 towards the system from funds raised by Penwortham supporter and fundraiser Amy Mills (32), who underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy in 2020 as part of her treatment for breast cancer, and wanted to give back to the unit that cared for her.
The mum-of-two raised the money from a toy and cake sale in Penwortham United Reformed Church at the end of last year (She also founded volunteer brigade Amy’s Army, which walked to raise an earlier donation of £12,342 that was put towards an ultrasound system, also for use on the Cancer Centre’s Chemotherapy Department)
Thank you so much to each and every person or organisation that helped us fund this equipment for the benefit of the chemotherapy patients here at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals – it really will help make such a difference for our patients.