The Paxman Story

The Paxman family has quite an extraordinary story. It began in the 1950s when Eric Paxman, the father of the current chairman Glenn, invented the beer cooling system for breweries. For the next 30 years, the family was hugely successful in developing award-winning cooling products and systems.

The Paxman Scalp Cooling System, also known as the ‘cold cap‘, was designed using the family’s refrigeration expertise when Glenn Paxman’s wife Sue began losing her hair while receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. She was treated with an early version of a cold cap, but unfortunately the cooling therapy did not work for her. During her treatment for breast cancer, Sue’s curly hair fell out in clumps, which was the most traumatic part of her treatment. At just 14-years-old, Sue’s daughter Claire cut off her Mum’s hair – an experience which was distressing for the whole family. Glenn, realizing how traumatic the subsequent hair loss was, developed a system that worked. After years of research and development, Glenn and his brother Neil built the first prototype of the Paxman Scalp Cooling System that was installed at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1997.

Sue Paxman
Sue Paxman

Our Story (Sue’s Story)

The Paxman company was established soon after to carry out extensive trials and further testing. In the 10 years that followed, several hundreds of cold cap systems were produced, treating many thousands of patients and giving hope to people across the country. There was finally an alternative to hair loss during chemotherapy – a cost-effective system that worked and was widely embraced by doctors, nurses and patients alike. Problems previously associated with cold therapy treatments had been completely eliminated.

Sue’s husband, Glenn Paxman founded Paxman on the back of this experience and to this day they remain a close family business. Mrs Paxman died in 2000 but through the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling system, her legacy lives on. Knowing first-hand the effects that both cancer and its treatment can have on patients, friends and families, their business is much more than just a job. They have a purpose to make a difference to people’s lives by raising awareness about scalp cooling and establishing the cold cap as common practice for all patients undergoing treatment.

Today, the Paxman Scalp Cooling System is used extensively throughout the UK in both NHS hospitals, private clinics and home healthcare sectors and is well established in many other countries across Europe, North America, Asia and many more to come.

Scalp Cooling allows patients with early stage breast cancer to retain their hair during chemotherapy. Unfortunately in Canada, none of the cost for this treatment is covered by provincial coverage or insurance. Annie Parker Foundation raises funds to help cover the cost of this treatment for patients who qualify. Retaining your hair is not a question of vanity, it is a question of dignity, and everyone deserves access to this treatment regardless of their financial status.

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