As anyone touched by cancer knows, the treatment process can be a long and trying experience. Not insignificant along this path can be hair loss associated with chemotherapy. In fact, studies have shown that hair loss can have serious psychological effects – including impacts on self-esteem, body image, anxiety, depression, and identity, particularly among women. The Rapunzel Project is on a mission to make this aspect of the journey easier for cancer patients.
Founded by two breast cancer survivors, the Rapunzel Project provides cancer patients with access to cold cap therapy. Cold cap therapy cools hair follicles during and after each chemotherapy treatment, preventing chemotherapy toxins from reaching them and ultimately staving off hair loss for most. Because the therapy is still in the clinical trial phase in the U.S., access is limited. Cold caps must be kept at a temperature lower than traditional freezers, so the Rapunzel Project seeks to facilitate the use of the therapy by helping hospitals purchase the freezers that make the cold cap therapy more accessible and manageable to patients.
Additional information can be found on The Rapunzel Project website.