Mikel Ross on the Cost of Cooling Caps for Chemotherapy Induced Hair Loss

December 31, 2016
Mikel Ross, BSN, RN, OCN

Mikel Ross discusses the different costs of cooling cap interventions for chemotherapy-induced hair loss and insurance coverage.

Mikel Ross, BSN, RN, OCN, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the cost of the different cooling caps available as interventions for chemotherapy-induced alopecia.

Cooling caps are not generally covered, at this time, by most third party and private payers. However, whether the system is rented on a monthly basis or contracted to an institution with a charge per use to the patient, the costs can add up. Ross encourages advocates, providers, nurses, doctors and patients to explain to third party payers how necessary this intervention is and that it should be a part of the standard benefit package.