Robin's Rainbows: The Association That Helps Breast Cancer Patients

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Robin's Rainbows: The Association That Helps Breast Cancer Patients
Robin's Rainbows: The Association That Helps Breast Cancer Patients
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As you already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for this reason we would like to talk this time about one of many foundations that help patients suffering from this disease. This foundation is Robyn's Rainbows and helps many patients feel a little better physically and emotionally during chemotherapy treatments, helping to stop hair loss that occurs during these treatments.

"When Robyn was metastasized rediagnosed and told that she would have to undergo chemotherapy again, her immediate reaction was, 'No, I will not lose my hair again.' This clearly showed the impact that hair loss had on her for years. Our amazing oncologist, Dr. Elisa Krill, told us about a technology called DigniCap that would possibly allow her to receive the treatment she needed and would allow her to maintain her hair. It worked wonderfully, and while Robyn had to take multiple strong doses of chemotherapy, she was able to keep her hair feeling much more normal and much more during her battle,”explained Rick Marson, Robyn's husband and founder of Robyn's Rainbows.So it was. Although Robyn unfortunately passed away more than a year ago, his legacy lives on in this foundation.

One of those responsible for this novel method is Dr. Oncologist Elisa Krill, who gave us more details about DigniCap and how we can take care of ourselves and detect the disease in early stages, something of vital importance.

YE. Dr. Elisa Krill, the first thing we would like to know is, what methods are currently used for the early detection of breast cancer?

EK. We use mammography and ultrasound to detect breast cancer. We do MRI in high-risk women who have at least a 20% lifetime risk of breast cancer.

YE. What is the value of a breast self-exam to detect breast cancer at an early stage?

EK. Breast self-examination has not been shown to be useful for early detection. But, with that said, if anyone ever feels a lump or change in their breast, they should go to the doctor immediately.

YE. We have heard of Dignicaps, which help reduce hair loss during chemotherapy, how do Dignicaps work?

EK. Dignicaps contracts the vessels on the scalp thanks to a cold gel that goes through the cap and freezes the scalp. The contracted blood vessels carry less blood to the scalp and hair follicles, and therefore less chemotherapy to the hair follicles of the scalp.

YE. How do you think Dignicaps can help chemotherapy patients?

EK. When people don't lose their hair during chemotherapy, I think they feel more like themselves and less in the "sick role," and I think this helps them not only psychologically, but also physically.

Lastly, the “Robyn´s Rainbow” foundation is dedicated to helping cover the costs of using this method for those who cannot afford it, and also raises money as part of campaigns such as #limitless with the InterContinental Miami Hotel and SeaStraws, where this month SeaStraws has created a hot pink reusable silicone straw that will be sold at the InterContinental Hotel in Miami for a minimum donation of $ 2 and where Robyn's Rainbows will be the beneficiary.

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