SURVEY: Chemo Research for Design Project

  1. Research Interview Study to Provide Informative Information to Help Design A Scalp Cooling Device That Will Be Used to Help Reduce Hair Loss in Chemotherapy Patients.

    We are Marquette University and Smith College students conducting research for a yearlong project with the company 3M, to design a cooling device that will help reduce hair loss for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.The purpose of the study is to acquire information that will help inform our design for a cooling device to reduce hair loss in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

    By commenting on this thread, you are indicating that you acknowledge the voluntary nature of this research and your participation in it. Please respond to the questions you feel comfortable with, in sequential order. You may choose to skip any questions you do not feel comfortable answering, or choose to stop your participation at any time. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact us at or contact Phil Peake, Smith College IRB Chair at or 413.585.3914. Thank you for participating.

    1.Typically, what type of cancer patients are affected by Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia?
    2.Please describe the environment when patients are undergoing chemotherapy.
    3.When does hair start to grow back after chemotherapy treatment?
    4.Do you think patients would use a scalp cooling device if it reduced alopecia?
    5.How often do cancer patients say "no" to chemotherapy because of the risk of being affected by cancer induced alopecia?
    6.How can radiation levels affect alopecia?
    7.How effective would you want a scalp cooling device to be in order to consider suggesting it to patients?
    8.Do you think a scalp cooling device would be more beneficial for men or women? Why or why not?
    9.What do you currently do to address the risk of Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia with your patients? How could the use of a scalp cooling device integrate with your current procedures?
    10.How much do you know about scalp cooling vs. alopecia?
    If has some knowledge about scalp cooling vs. alopecia:
    a.How often do you think would this products be necessary to use?
    i. Would the cap have to be on during the treatment? Would it be effective after treatment?
    b. What limitations exist for this sort of device (electricity, space, noise, etc) for it to be used in the treatment area?

    1.How often do you see hair loss in cancer patients you meet with?
    2.What are the types of mental and emotional impacts you see on cancer patients due to hair loss?
    3.What are the resources you currently provide to cancer patients regarding risk or actuality of hair loss (ex. Therapy, support groups, etc)?
    4.How do you think a scalp cooling device that could reduce or prevent hair loss would integrate with your current resources and procedures?
    5.What do you think the risks are of such a scalp cooling device in terms of mental and emotional impacts on patients (ex. stigma, expectations, etc)?
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