Dr. Tessa Cigler, a Weill Cornell oncologist involved in the cold-cap studies, said she first learned about cold caps from a patient who had researched the treatment and learned about their use in Europe. After studying the European data on cold-cap treatment, she allowed her patient to use them and became interested in conducting her own research.
The success of a cold cap treatment often depends on the duration and type of chemotherapy regimen, so not every woman is a candidate, Dr. Cigler says. In addition, cold caps are typically used only on patients with solid tumors, like breast cancer, and are not suitable for patients with blood cancers.
“Cold cap therapy is really empowering to many patients,” Dr. Cigler said. “It has allowed many patients to protect their privacy, and allows women to maintain their self-esteem and their sense of well-being during a really difficult time.”
MasterCard has announced a $500,000 grant to Weill Cornell Medical College to support women’s cancer research.
The grant will be used to to start or continue scientific investigations in developing breakthrough therapies in a variety of women’s cancers including breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer.
Click here to read the press release.
Dr. Linda Vahdat, director of the Weill Cornell Breast Center Research Program and Chief of the Solid Tumor Service at Weill Cornell, will be presenting a metastatic breast cancer research update for Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s free webinar on
Wednesday, October 16th from 12 noon to 1 pm.
In the webinar, Dr. Vahdat will help viewers explore:
- the latest clinical trial findings and their impact on today’s available treatment options
- novel therapies in the research pipeline and the role they may play in future care
- the latest understanding of what may cause metastasis and how we might prevent it in the future
Click here for more information about the free webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.