Wigs for Chemotherapy Patients

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is a type of Cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells.

There are many types of Chemotherapy, everyone will be slightly different depending on your age, cancer, sex etc.

Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly. But it can also harm healthy cells that divide quickly, such as those that line your mouth and intestines or cause your hair to grow. Damage to healthy cells may cause side effects. Often, side effects get better or go away after chemotherapy is over. It would usually take approximately 2 months after your last treatment, for the hair to start recovering, then hair growth is approximately 1/2″ per month.

Even if you do not lose hair you should refrain from colouring it, this could cause hair loss or sensitivity or cause a chemical reaction.

Some people choose to wear a wig because they will be unhappy with their own natural hair colouring or the hair texture changes; it looses elasticity, thus not holding the style very well.

By looking at wigs this will keep your mind at rest. Should you need one, they can look even better than your own hair!

Some people prefer to practice with their wigs before the hair-loss occurs, that way everyone has seen it and you start to feel confident wearing it out of choice, so when the big day arrives, you are ready to wear it full time with renewed  confidence. We have a range of head wear for collecting the hair in, sleeping in, comfortable but stylish.

Eyebrow, eyelashes and body hair will all be affected. A fantastic, realistic replacements would be the semi permanent make-up, this would add definition and realism, especially for ladies with dark hair, these can be a real loss.

Some people try the “Cold cap.”   A frozen cap, worn when treatment is given to slow the blood supply to the hair follicles, thus slowing the hair-loss.  But it is always good to investigate the wigs, just in case, so then you have a plan “B” if it fails.

We can advise on other options  available to you if your hair just thins or your roots start to show, but you are not allowed to colour it.

I am pleased that so many people actually like wearing their wigs long after the treatment has stopped, because they prefer it to their own hair!

With either of these conditions you would be entitled to a V.A.T  free wig. We can deduct the Vat from a wig with our exemption forms.  Please ask for details.

You would also be entitled to a wig on the N.H.S.  We are an approved supplier of wigs. We would need the authorisation of the department and a signed prescription for a wig from the consultant.  Made out to Treloggan Wigs.