Dignitana is partnering with the organization known as CHILL, Cancer-related Hair Loss, International Leadership and Linkage, which was launched this past weekend at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC), held in Washington, D.C.
Led by six globally-recognized experts in cancer care, CHILL is an initiative designed to collect and track evidence-based patient information and provide clinical guidance for health practitioners and patients using scalp cooling medical devices that reduce hair loss for patients receiving chemotherapeutic cancer treatments. Data collected through the initiative will help establish industry-standard best practices and ensure maximum effectiveness of these treatments worldwide.
A new website, scalpcooling.org, will serve as a global hub for patients and care providers seeking information about hair loss and scalp cooling technology, as well as a decision aid with data from the CHILL registry showing chances of hair loss with and without scalp cooling.
“At Dignitana, we take pride in our ability to be a leader of innovation and remain on the cutting edge of technological developments that help us provide the best possible care and outcomes for our patients,” said Johan Ericsson, Chief Executive Officer of Dignitana AB. “The CHILL Registry is an incredible platform that will allow us to track progress and connect with physicians around the world to ensure that we can continue to deliver the most effective scalp cooling treatments available.”
“Scalp cooling is well-recognized around the globe as a therapeutic solution to one of the most troublesome side effects of chemotherapy,” said CHILL Executive Board Member Dr. Corina van den Hurk, Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation. “The launch of the CHILL Registry is a significant step forward as we work together to develop best practices in supportive care.”
CHILL has designed an online registry that makes communication and global research accessible to all health care professionals interested in using scalp cooling with their chemotherapy patients. The registry collects data about severity of hair loss of patients with and without scalp cooling. For patients undergoing treatment with scalp cooling, physicians can also gather information on tolerance and satisfaction with the results of treatment.
THE CHILL Registry is funded by Dignitana, maker of The DigniCap Scalp Cooling System and Paxman, maker of the Paxman Scalp Cooling System.