This is how the cold helmet that Verónica Toussaint used to NOT lose her hair with chemotherapy works

This is how the cold helmet that Verónica Toussaint used to NOT lose her hair with chemotherapy works


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The news of the death of Veronica Toussaint took all of his showbiz colleagues by surprise. And despite his diagnosis of cancer of breast, the host was always optimistic due to the apparent success of the chemotherapies. In this sense, she herself highlighted in an interview with Gustavo Adolfo Infante that her treatments were not only focused on eradicating the disease, but also on keeping her ‘whole’ and mentally healthy.

The treatment that helped Verónica Toussaint not lose her hair with chemotherapy

Through the aforementioned talk of Veronica Toussaint in ‘The minute that changed my destiny,’ the host explained that despite her difficult diagnosis of cancershe never wanted to be considered ‘sick.’ And for the same reason, he did everything possible so that the chemotherapies and radiation will not take away his mental health; And additionally, she made sure to take extra care so as not to look tired or lose her hair, goals that, fortunately, she successfully achieved.

Perhaps one of the aspects that caught the most attention when remembering his interview with Gustavo Adolfo Infante, is that Veronica Toussaint spoke about a revolutionary ‘cold helmet’ that helped her preserve her hair even with the chemotherapies current. To delve into this aspect, the deceased host highlighted at the time that since it was such a difficult disease, she had to take care of herself down to the ‘last follicle’ so as not to let herself fall:

«My oncologist says that no two cancers are the same, but I knew what I did not want to experience while I was undergoing treatment. I used a cold helmet because the topic of hair is very personal. There are many people who say ‘now, it’s just hair, you shave it and it will grow,’ but for me, seeing myself in the mirror is what makes the difference. I didn’t want to feel sick. Since I received the diagnosis, I decided that I had a tumor of cancerbut she was not sick. “I didn’t want to be seen as a victim.”

Photo: Instagram via @veronicatouss

What is a cold helmet and how does it work?

Also called ‘hypothermic helmets,’ are a resource recognized by the American Cancer Society. And as you can guess from their name, they are cooling devices that are placed on the head to protect the scalp from radiation and/or chemotherapies. In simple words, these types of systems prevent the follicles from ‘burning’ with these types of treatments. At a medical level, it works through four steps:

  • Temperature reduction: The helmet is put on, turned on, and lowers the temperature of the scalp to a few degrees Celsius
  • Vasoconstriction: Low temperature causes blood vessels in the scalp to constrict, reducing blood flow in the area.
  • Next, the metabolic activity of the hair follicle cells decreases, protecting the root
  • In the end, all of the above steps limit the amount of chemotherapeutic drugs that reach the hair follicles, decreasing damage to the hair.

It is important to highlight that the effectiveness of the cold helmet varies in each type of treatment and each type of cancer; as it remains essential that it is used in the early stages of diagnosis. And regarding the cost of its use, it is known that renting one costs between 180 and 420 dollars per session (between 3,000 and 7,000 Mexican pesos.) On the other hand, buying all the equipment to have at home can reach 3,000 or 7,200 dollars. (between 50,000 and 120,000 Mexican pesos.)

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