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EPV272/#115 Scalp cooling for reducing alopecia in gynecology oncology patients treated with dose-dense chemotherapy: a pilot project
  1. C Mitric1,
  2. B How1,
  3. E Matanes1,
  4. Z Amajoud1,
  5. H Zaaroura2,
  6. H-H Nguyen3,
  7. N Drummond1,
  8. S Salvador1,
  9. W Gotlieb1 and
  10. S Lau1
  1. 1McGill University, Jewish General Hospital, Gynecology Oncology, Montreal, Canada
  2. 2Rambam Health Care Campus, Department of Dermatology, Haifa, Israel
  3. 3Medi-Soleil Centre, Department of Dermatology, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada


Objectives To determine the efficacy of scalp cooling for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced alopecia specifically in the gynecology oncology patient population.

Methods This prospective pilot study included patients diagnosed with a gynecological malignancy that received DigniCapTMscalp cooling. Patients were divided into two groups based on chemotherapy regimen: Carboplatin with area under the curve (AUC) 5–6 every three weeks and (1) conventional Paclitaxel 175 mg/m2 every three weeks or (2) Paclitaxel 80 mg/m2 weekly. A 1–10 visual analogue scale (1- no hair loss, 10- complete hair loss) was used to assess degree of hair loss by patients themselves and by a certified dermatologist using photographs. Changes in quality of life and body image were measured using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality of life questionnaire version 3 (EORTC QLQ-C30) and the Body Image Scale (BIS) for cancer patients.

Results Hair preservation occurred with use of a scalp cooling device for patients receiving weekly Paclitaxel (n=20), but not conventional every three weeks Paclitaxel (n=8). Ten of 15 patients (66.7%) in the dose-dense group lost less than 50% of their hair based on self-assessment and 14 of 16 (87.5%) based on dermatologist assessment. No patient in this group acquired a wig. The quality of life (QoL) scoring had a trend towards worse QoL in the dose-dense group with a trend towards better BIS scores.

Conclusions Scalp cooling may allow for hair preservation in gynecology oncology patients receiving carboplatin AUC 5–6 and weekly paclitaxel 80 mg/m2 combination chemotherapy.

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