Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 3–5 | Cite as

What is wrong with the 30-year-old practice of scalp cooling for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced hair loss?

  • Wim P. M. BreedEmail author
Review Article


Since about 1970 scalp cooling has been used to prevent chemotherapy-induced hair loss, one of the most common and emotionally distressing side effects of cancer therapy. Generally accepted opinions, uncertainty and controversy, topics to study and recommendations for improving the results of scalp cooling are the subjects of this article which was also presented at the MASCC Symposium, June 2003, Berlin.


Scalp cooling Hypothermia Cold cap Chemotherapy-induced hair loss Alopecia 

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© Springer-Verlag 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WaalreThe Netherlands

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