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Generosity of Knox Club continues

Friday, June 02, 2017

Maroondah Hospital breast cancer patients may soon have improved access to hair loss prevention therapy, thanks to the continued generosity of the Knox Club.

Following the purchase of one scalp cooling machine in December 2016, Eastern Health is currently raising funds to purchase a second machine for the hospital through its Coolheads campaign.

Scalp cooling technology prevents hair loss by restricting the blood flow to hair follicles during chemotherapy sessions whilst patients wear a ‘cold cap’.

The Knox Club has been a significant contributor for each milestone of the campaign.

A $10,000 donation from the Knox Club in 2016 resulted in the campaign reaching its first target of $75,000, aiding the purchase of one machine. The Knox Club has now donated a further $10,000.

Once purchased, the second machine will treat an additional two patients simultaneously, increasing the total number of patients who are able to receive the service at any one time from two to four.

Knox Club member, Sally Saliba, understands the positive impact scalp cooling can make to patients undergoing breast cancer chemotherapy. Diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015, Sally utilised scalp cooling technology at Epworth Eastern.

“Keeping your hair takes away the stigma of being a bald cancer patient, and allows you to continue living life with some normality,” Ms Saliba said.

“I think it’s important that all women being treated for breast cancer are given the opportunity to use scalp cooling at a hospital close to them,” she said.

Ms Saliba says scalp cooling can also provide social benefits to patients, in addition hair loss reduction.

“Using the caps with other breast cancer patients made us talk more and I met some wonderful women. We would laugh and have a great chat with each other while we were using it.”

Eastern Health Foundation Director Ms Anne Gribbin believes the purchase of a second machine is imminent following the recent donation from the Knox Club.

“The ongoing support we have received from the Knox Club has been overwhelming, and we are extremely thankful for their generosity,” Ms Gribbin said.

The campaign continues to raise funds for a second scalp cooling machine.

For more information or to donate, visit www.coolheads.org.au.