In the beginning of the 21st century the oncology nurse Yvonne Olofsson, with help from the engineer John Kern, developed a system intended to reduce or prevent chemotherapy-related hair loss, consisting of a molded cap connected to a cooling unit.
Yvonne worked with cancer patients, observing their everyday life in the traumatic period when they battled with cancer. She realized that the great mental strain of losing hair was a major problem for her patients and therefore began to develop the DigniCap™.
The molded cap was made of silicone and was fitted with sensor-controlled cooling elements ensuring continuous automatic monitoring and regulation of the treatment temperature. The silicone cap had a labyrinthine pattern of canals containing coolant.
Thanks to the molded silicone cap, the circulating coolant came into very close contact with the patient’s scalp, which reduced the risk of air pockets forming between the cap and the scalp, which would have a negative effect on the results of the treatment. The product was later given the name DigniCap™.