For Cheryl Cuprys, her new business venture represents not just a second career, but also a new lease on life. Press readers may remember the Oregon woman from a story earlier this year that detailed Cheryl’s use of cold cap therapy to prevent hair loss during chemotherapy to treat recurrent breast cancer. Cheryl had also used cold caps successfully 23 years ago during her first fight with breast cancer.
“I had some shedding, but for the most part, I kept my hair, which, with everything else I was going through, was very important to me,” she said.
|Cheryl Cuprys wearing a Coldilocks
With the goal of raising awareness about cold cap therapy and making the service accessible to local cancer patients, Cheryl, with help from her son Maxwell, decided to start Coldilocks Chemo-Hairapy. For her most recent treatments, Cheryl used a company that was based in Michigan.
Cold cap therapy works by cooling the scalp so that the chemotherapy medication is prevented from reaching the root of the hair follicles, thus protecting and preserving them.
The caps are fitted 30 minutes prior to chemotherapy treatment and are rotated in intervals of 30 minutes for up to four hours after chemotherapy ends. The caps are kept on dry ice in coolers, and may be easily changed with the help of a trained friend or family member.
“The caps are really cold and uncomfortable for the first 15 minutes, but once my scalp was cooled, I did get used to them,” Cheryl said. “It was better than having to wear scarves, wigs and hats for six months. It took some of the stress off of me knowing that people weren’t going to notice what I was going through. I knew that if I looked better, I would feel a little better.”
Cold cap, which must be approved by the patient’s doctor, may be used with most infusion therapies. “Not all chemotherapy causes hair loss so it’s important to discuss treatment and the possible benefits of cold cap therapy with your oncologist,” Cheryl said.
Coldilocks cold caps are delivered directly to the patient’s home or to the cancer treatment clinic by a Coldilocks staff member. They are picked up the following day. “I attend the first treatment with patients and their support persons,” Cheryl said. “I feel that the personalized service I provide makes a huge difference. I do know what they are going through, I’ve been there twice.”
The cost is $250, payable at each treatment. “Unlike some other companies, Coldilocks payments are due at each treatment, rather than up front for all treatments scheduled,” Cheryl said. “My goal was to make cold cap therapy more affordable and to allow patients to be sure they find the cold caps tolerable and beneficial.”
For more information about Coldilocks Chemo-Hairapy or cold cap treatment, contact Cheryl Cuprys at 1-855-HAIRAPY (424-7279) or visit www.coldilockscoldcaps.com.