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Published on June 28, 2018

Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network introduces technology that can help cancer patients reduce or eliminate hair loss

Tidelands Health is offering innovative technology that can reduce or eliminate hair loss among chemotherapy patients.

Patients of the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network, an affiliate of MUSC Health, now have access to the Paxman Scalp Cooling System. Most patients who benefit from the technology are able to preserve at least 50 percent of their hair.

“A cancer diagnosis is difficult enough without having to face the prospect of losing your hair,” said Dr. Sara “Betsy” Adams, a physician with Tidelands Health Oncology. “Scalp cooling technology can help patients maintain a sense of normalcy as they battle the disease.”Illustration of cold cap technology

The therapy uses snug, helmet-style hats, often called cold caps, filled with a cold gel. The caps, which are used before, during and after each chemotherapy session, help preserve hair by narrowing the blood vessels beneath the skin of the scalp, reducing the amount of chemotherapy medicine that can reach hair follicles.

Patients typically put on a cold cap about 30 minutes before treatment and continue wearing it until about 90 minutes afterward. Temperature within the caps is maintained by a computer-controlled cooling unit that circulates the gel within the cap.

“Introduction of the Paxman system is part of our commitment to give our region’s cancer patients access to some of the best physicians, technologies and treatments available anywhere,” said Bruce Bailey, president and CEO of Tidelands Health. “Our community deserves to have access to high-quality cancer care close to home.”

Recently, the health system completed a 12,500-square-foot expansion of the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network location in Murrells Inlet. The project includes a state-of-the-art linear accelerator, which destroys cancer cells using precisely targeted, high-energy X-rays, and a new, cutting-edge CT scanner.

In addition to the Murrells Inlet location, the Tidelands Health Cancer Care Network includes the Tidelands Health Francis B. Ford Cancer Treatment Center in Georgetown and a location on 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach.

Tidelands Health is the regional affiliate of MUSC Health and its Hollings Cancer Center, South Carolina’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

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Tidelands Health is the largest health care provider in our region - with three hospitals and more than 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Hemingway to North Myrtle Beach. At Tidelands Health, we are anchored by our mission to help people live better lives through better health.