Tampa, FL-- The owner of the Blow Bar in Tampa is raising money to bring a hair saving therapy for breast cancer patients to the Tampa Bay area.
Leslie Betts is raising money to buy special freezers to store cold caps. Cold Cap Therapy is an experimental treatment used in Europe that helps breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, save their hair.
The Cold Caps must be changed every half hour during treatment. The caps keep the scalp cold during chemo so the hair follicle is not damaged, and less likely to fall out.
See pictures of the experimental cold caps here
It is still awaiting FDA approval and some oncologists are skeptical about allowing it.
Leslie says women who have used it have been lobbying for more cancer centers and oncologists in the Tampa Bay area to offer it as part of treatment.
Cold Cap Therapy is not covered by insurance. The disposable caps cost roughly $1600 and the specialty freezer costs $2500.
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Blow Bar Styling Salon is located at 310 South Dale Mabry Highway.
If you know an oncologist or cancer center that may be interested in Cold Cap Therapy, you can call Leslie at 813-876-2569.