San Antonio- A new non-profit is providing financial support for cancer patients to afford treatment for hair loss.
“My children were able to not really have any memory of their mom having cancer,” said cancer survivor Tricia Strong.
Tricia Strong is a cancer survivor.
She didn't experience massive hair loss because during her chemotherapy sessions she underwent scalp cooling to prevent hair loss and help keep her illness private.
“It made the treatment much easier to get through,” said Strong.
Not everyone undergoing chemotherapy can get the same experience as Strong did.
That's because scalp cooling can get pricey and isn't covered by all insurance companies.
“We treat for every side effect of chemo, this is the worst side effect, it should be covered,” said Strong.
That's why ‘Hair to Stay’ is helping make scalp cooling a reality for cancer patients who can’t afford it.
The non-profit provides grants of up to $1,000 to qualified patients.
“We have given subsidies to over 250 patients for scalp cooling,” said Hair to Stay Executive Director.
A quality of life study was conducted to capture the success rate of scalp cooling using Dignicap.
Results showed more than 66% of the patients using the Dignicap saw success.
“Our hope is that once this quality of life data is reported that insurance companies will start covering scalp cooling more often,” said Susan Melin.
So cancer survivors like strong don't have to worry about the physical side effects of chemotherapy.
“To be able to look in the mirror and not look like my disease was for me very helpful through my recovery,” said Strong.
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