Preventing chemotherapy-induced alopecia in cancer patients: is scalp cooling worthwhile?
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 303–310, May 1987
How to Cite
Tierney, A. J. (1987), Preventing chemotherapy-induced alopecia in cancer patients: is scalp cooling worthwhile?. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 12: 303–310. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1987.tb01336.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 6 August 1986
Alopecia (hair loss) is often singled out as the most distressing side-effect of cancer chemotherapy treatment. This paper provides a comprehensive and critical review of the research literature on scalp cooling, a procedure introduced to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia. In spite of a considerable amount of research (both nursing and medical) over a 15-year period, the evidence on scalp cooling is inconclusive. Although concerned with a specialist issue, this paper may interest the general reader as it illustrates the value of a literature review in raising questions about current practice and in identifying issues for future research.