Going bald when you are diagnosed with breast cancer and need strong chemotherapy is NOT a given in spite of what we are told. I just finished chemo using cold caps and was able to keep my hair, and I know of lots of women who have done the same. Keeping it makes such a difference in how I feel about myself as I deal with cancer that I have to try to let others know about how they can save their's too, because until recently I had had no idea it was possible. Cold caps are widely used in Europe, but not well known here. I stumbled across information about saving hair in www.breastcancer.org which sent me to www.rapunzelproject.org which is a nonprofit dedicated to helping women save their hair during chemo. It has videos and news clips showing how they work and the results. Cold caps are so commonly used in Great Britain that their National Health insurance covers the cost of using them. We in the States have to rent or buy caps and pay for them ourselves, but I hope that will change someday. Most American doctors and nurses don't know about them or are skeptical, which doesn't make sense because they do work. And, some hospitals won't allow them because using them requires a bit more space per patient and a longer time there the day of the treatment. I had to switch doctors and hospitals in order to find a place that would allow me to use them and I am so glad I did. I went to New York Hospital's Weill Cornell Breast Center where I found out that 38 women had already used them and it was welcoming new users. It has a big freezer for the caps donated by the Rapunzel Project. I became part of a study the Breast Center is doing on cold caps to see how well they work to save hair. Other hospitals across the country are also doing studies now. The hope is that the FDA will approve the caps and they will become more widely available to women - and men - who might want to keep their hair. The caps certainly worked for me and for the women I met who had just finished using them and who also had full heads of hair. My hope is that more people will learn that they have a choice and that they do not have to automatically lose their hair if they have to undergo chemotherapy. That is why I decided to post this thread. I have no connection to any company that makes them. Please pass this information along to anyone who has just been diagnosed with cancer, it may make an enormous difference to them. I used a brand called Penguin Cold Caps. They are from England but have a US distributor: www.msc-worldwide.com/indexusa.html Information on using cold caps can be found here: www.rapunzelproject.org www.breastcancer.org, go to the chemotherapy forum, then to these two threads "cold cap users past and present - to save hair" and "Cold cap usage tips".