ONE of the common and disturbing side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss, which often directly impacts self-confidence. GV Health, Shepparton is the second regional public health service in Victoria to provide a ‘Scalp Cooling Machine’ for cancer patients.
The dual Paxman Unit has been funded by Soroptimist International of Shepparton Inc. who has donated $22,000 with the remaining $23,000 donated by the GV Health Foundation.
The dual Paxman Unit helps to protect hair cells during chemotherapy treatment, reducing the chance of hair loss. It is not successful for all patients, but works for many. Now, instead of having to travel far and wide for this treatment, district cancer patients have this choice available locally.
Soroptimist International of Shepparton Inc. former president, Jeanette Berry said, “Soroptimist International of Shepparton Inc. is always working to raise funds for worthy causes locally and are very proud to be part of this exciting endeavour. This has by far been our biggest project and we’re thrilled to be able to enhance the lives of local cancer patients on their journey.”
If you’re interested in learning more about joining Soroptimist International of Shepparton Inc., phone Anne Starritt on 0431 520 406 and for more information follow them on Facebook.