On July 27, at an event at the HMH Cancer Care Center, HMH CEO Dennis Johnson shared news of new technology available to help HMH Cancer Care Center patients. Those undergoing chemotherapy treatments can now use cooling caps to help prevent hair loss. Johnson thanked the HMH Foundation for covering the costs to help HMH be the first in Kentucky to bring the Paxman® Scalp Cooling System to patients.
The system uses what is called a cold cap to reduce the scalp temperature immediately before, during and after a chemotherapy treatment. The cooling reduces the blood flow to hair follicles which helps to prevent or minimize hair loss.
Johnson welcomed Jamie Owen and her family to the event. Owen is battling breast cancer and is the first patient to use the new cooling cap technology.
Owen, a mother of two young children, said her first priority is to save her life but she knew losing her hair may scare her children.
“Being able to keep life as normal as possible for my kids is such a blessing,” said Owen.
To use the system, Owen had to purchase a cooling cap specially designed for her head.
“We know not everyone can afford the caps and insurance doesn’t cover the costs. We also know that taking care of patients spiritually and emotionally helps healing,” said Prather. “Since many cancer patients worry about hair loss, the HMH Foundation is thrilled to present a $15,000 gift to the HMH Cancer Care Center.”
“Now more patients can have access to this device,” Prather said.
Prather said proceeds from the Purses, Pumps and Prevention Cancer Awareness event this past spring made the gift possible. More than 250 women attended the annual dinner and fashion show. Donors from the event were on hand for the announcement.
In a surprise to Owen, Prather then welcomed more than 25 of Jamie’s family and friends who came to join the celebration of these donations that will advance care. The group proudly wore their “Join Jamie’s Journey” T-shirts.
“We are all behind you, Jamie,” said Prather.