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Chemotherapy team join forces with knitters to help with patient hair loss

Posted on Friday 1st December 2017
Chemotherapy team join forces with knitters to help with patient hair loss

Breast cancer chemotherapy patients at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will benefit from a £2,000 donation to purchase hair care supplies, thanks to the generosity of a local breast cancer support group and a knitting group.

The chemotherapy team the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, have worked jointly with the local support group, Cumbrian Quilting Ladies and Cumbrian Knitting Ladies to launch the new scheme to support chemotherapy patients who have experienced hair loss as a result of their treatment. The donation will be used to purchase organic hair care supplies for patients who use the scalp-cooling machine, which works to prevent hair loss.

Cumbrian Quilting Ladies have donated handmade individual bags for the organic hair care supplies to go in, and these will be provided to any patients who use the scalp-cooling machine, irrespective of their cancer type.

Patients who do not have scalp-cooling treatment or require hair care products will also benefit from the knitted goods. They will be offered the same individually designed bags, complete with nail care products, including hand cream, nail buffers and cuticle oil to prevent chemotherapy related nail changes.

Cumbrian Quilting Ladies also made comfort pillows for use in the car post-surgery, or for support and comfort throughout treatment. The chemotherapy department have teamed up with the local Knitted Knockers group, Cumbrian Knitting Ladies, who knit size appropriate breast prosthesis which are softer and can be used in place of medical prosthesis if needed. These are all made to order for each individual patient.

Susan Marras, chemotherapy nurse, led on the work. She said: “This is a very exciting project which will benefit a number of our patients, and the joint working between the various groups has been very successful. Hair loss during chemotherapy can be very distressing for some, and I’d like thank the support group and all those who’ve knitted for their kindness in helping our patients in a difficult time.”