Are scalp coolers right for me?
Heather McVicars, Senior Research Nurse at the WGH has just been announced as the winner of this years’ Lyda Henderson Travelling Fellowship.
Heather will be visiting the 10 major cancer hospitals in Scotland to evaluate their use of scalp coolers. These can help reduce hair loss dramatically during chemotherapy treatments.
“Currently, there is no central database kept of the use and the effectiveness of scalp coolers. The fellowship will enable me to undertake a study through the whole of Scotland with the eventual aim of setting up a national information bank which will be able to give patients a more informed choice on what would be the best option for them as an individual.
Oliver Young Clinical lead for The Edinburgh Breast Unit said “With the continuing increase in the number of referrals to the breast unit we need to find smarter ways of working. Heather’s study will identify the key information required to analyse the effectiveness of the treatment. We can then confidently advise patients what is the best option for them personally.”
The Fellowship has been made possible by the generous gift of Mr Kenneth Graham in association with The Breast Cancer Institute, to commemorate the life and work of Mrs Lyda Henderson, a previous charge nurse in Breast Oncology / Theatre, and a much respected colleague of the Edinburgh Breast Unit.
The Lyda Henderson Travelling Fellowship is awarded annually for employees of NHS Lothian who work with breast disease.
For further details contact Jill Snowdon @ The Breast Cancer Institute on
T: 0131 537 1474 (int ext 31474)