Cancer and its treatments can cause uncomfortable physical changes. Some changes may be managed with medication, such as nausea. Others, such as hair loss, can have a more visible and long-term effect on a person’s quality of life.
CancerCare client Fannie can attest to this all too well. After calling CancerCare to get help and speaking with a professional oncology social worker, she admitted that she was distressed by her hair falling out due to treatments for breast cancer. “It was very scary,” Fannie says. “I felt like I was losing part of myself.”
Fannie’s social worker informed her about CancerCare’s free wig clinics, where experts help people coping with hair loss get fitted for wigs and offer tips to help better manage physical changes due to treatment. Fannie attended a workshop shortly after, and was fitted for a free wig. “It was like Christmas,” Fannie recalls. “I was almost speechless.” Thanks to the wig she received, Fannie feels more comfortable with the changes brought on by her treatment.
Read CancerCare’s free fact sheet, “Tips for Managing Hair Loss,” to learn about coping with hair loss due to cancer and its treatments.
CancerCare will offer its next free wig clinic at its national headquarters in New York City on Friday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. We also provide free wigs by appointment in our Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Long Island, NY offices.
Registration is required for all programs; call 800-813-HOPE (4673) or visit www.cancercare.org/community_programs for more information.
View a full calendar of our upcoming community programs and clinics.
Don’t live in the tri-state area of New York? We can help you locate resources in your community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 800‑813‑HOPE (4673) and a CancerCare oncology social worker can refer you to local resources.