Wigs can conceal hair loss and — depending on the style, length, and color you choose — help you look more like you did before treatment or provide a whole new look. They can also protect your scalp from the sun and from cold air. Many women find that wearing a wig gives them a sense of normalcy and consistency during cancer treatment.
After the first round of chemo for my breast cancer, I was sitting on the couch with my year-old son, twisting a piece of hair, which had become quite brittle, around my finger and it just came out in my hand. I always thought I would get breast cancer. There are five women in my family who have it.
After feeling a shooting pain in her breast, Lottie Rennie, 34 from Leicestershire, discovered a lump. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October and had chemotherapyradiotherapy and a double mastectomy. Before her treatment, Lottie — a watercolour artist who has always had thick hair no shorter than her chin - was anxious about losing her locks.
Dealing with hair loss is a very individual experience; some people like to wear a wig while others find hats, scarves and turbans to be more comfortable and attractive. Deciding what is right for you is the most important thing. Cancer Council Queensland ESA Wig and Turban Service aims to assist individuals with the side-effects of hair loss as a result of their cancer treatment, through the provision of wig loans and turbans, at no cost.
Our wig service is free, private and personalised. We offer an extensive range of synthetic wigs along with headscarves, beanies and cotton caps. A friendly cancer nurse will help you choose a flattering wig, fit it correctly and give you advice on wig maintenance and care.
How we look can have an impact on how we feel. One of the side effects of cancer treatments may be hair loss and other appearance-related changes. For program information or to donate itemscontact Stephanie Plaitin Program Coordinator Phone: splaitin cancercare.
What to wear after hair loss 2. Where can I be fitted for a wig? Choosing a synthetic or real hair wig 5.
For many people, losing their hair is almost as distressing as finding out they have breast cancer. Our hair is a part of who we are and how we see ourselves, and losing it can affect our self-esteem. It also makes the cancer diagnosis public.