LAVEEN, AZ - Some Valley cancer patients are turning to a new method to keep their dignity and their hair as they fight the deadly disease.
Jodena Hargreaves loves to spend time with her husband and 2-year-old twins.
But last year, after getting diagnosed with breast cancer, she feared she would leave her family too early.
"So I decided to be a little bit more aggressive with my treatment, and do a double mastectomy," Hargreaves said.
Afterward, her doctors said her fight wasn't over.
"They told me I would have to do chemotherapy," she said.
But Hargreaves feared one of the side effects of chemo almost as much as the cancer.
"I didn't want to lose my hair,” she said. “I wanted to still look like me, I still wanted to be me. I didn't want to look sick."
Then her husband found a possible answer, The Penguin Cold Cap.
"I googled how to save your hair during chemo,” Rob Hargreaves said. “I didn't know what I would find, like some magic potion or what."
The Cold Cap is cooled with dry ice to below freezing temperatures then placed on the head before, during and after chemo treatments.
The idea is the cold freezes the hair follicles, preventing them from absorbing the drugs.
"It is cold, but it's not unbearable, and not undoable," Jodena said.
So throughout her treatment, Jodena kept her cool.
"It keeps you going. It keeps you going through this horrible cycle,” she said. “I still have the side effects of chemo, but I still have my hair."
Now, cancer-free and still with a full head of hair, she's telling others to explore their options in the fight against cancer.
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