JACKSONVILLE, FL -- For Charolette Hall, Renay D'Aigle and Cindy Chacones losing their hair was just part of their fight to survive breast cancer.
"I started losing my hair after the first treatment," said Chacones.
A part that was pretty difficult for D'Aigle at the time.
"It was traumatic. I think my husband only saw me once without my wig on," said D'Aigle. She said it made her feel less feminine to lose her hair.
So, what if they didn't have to lose their hair? There is an option that more and more women are choosing called Polar Cold Cap Therapy.
Some women believe it has helped them keep their hair during chemotherapy. According to a recent analysis of 53 studies, the therapy helped breast cancer patients keep their hair 70 percent of the time.
This therapy is not approved by the FDA. It is not covered by insurance and you actually rent these caps from different companies.
The cost can range up to $3,000 dollars for four months of therapy. And you have to wear the freezing cold caps the whole time you are undergoing chemo, which can last hours.
If you want to learn more about these cold caps, there is a support group called the Rapunzel Project that is devoted to educating patients. To get to the website for the Rapunzel Project, click here.
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