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Dermatologists may be unaware of scalp cooling for chemo-induced hair loss


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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Reuters Health - 18/03/2022 - Most dermatologists are aware of the psychological harm chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA) can have on cancer patients, yet many lack knowledge about scalp cooling techniques for prevention of CIA. CIA can be distressing, with research suggesting that up to 14% of patients reject curative cancer therapies due to fear of hair loss. Scalp cooling (SC) has been shown to reduce CIA, but its use has been limited. To identify barriers in SC use, Dr. Kristen Lo Sicco of NYU Grossman School of Medicine in New York City and colleagues assessed dermatologists' knowledge, practices and attitudes toward SC. They sent an anonymous online survey to 82 board-certified dermatologists; 54 responded (67% women). Eighteen dermatologists (33%) said they routinely counsel patients on SC prior to chemotherapy, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Twelve (22%) were very familiar with SC, 36 (67%) ...


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