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Hair Loss (Alopecia) and Wig Resources

Chemotherapy can damage hair follicles while killing cancer cells in the body, resulting in hair loss (alopecia). Currently, there is no known prevention for hair loss due to chemotherapy treatment. Chemotherapy affects individuals differently, even if they are taking the same drugs, producing hair loss in some while not in others. Hair may begin to fall out 2-3 weeks following the start of chemotherapy.

Preventatively, you can try to protect your hair from falling out by using a mild shampoo and patting it try with a soft towel. Hair loss in clumps often occurs from brushing and rubbing it with a towel after bathing. There is no guarantee that this will reduce or stop hair loss from chemotherapy but some patients have found it helpful.

If you do begin to lose your hair you may decide to cut it short, shave it off, get a wig and/or wear head scarves. There are several resources that provide wig information including free wigs, head scarves and turbans, as well as hair loss education.

CancerCare offers wigs at no charge.
800-813-4673 | www.cancercare.org

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization provides wigs to low-income women.
800-221-2141 | www.y-me.org

Network of Strength offers wigs for women with limited resources.
800-221-2141| www.networkofstrength.org

Crickett’s Answer to Cancer provides wigs and head coverings and provides education on wig care.
717- 843-7903 | www.crickettsanswertocancer.org

Team Pink at Pink Barette provides free wigs and also makes custom natural hair wigs for sale.
678-927-1896 | www.pinkbarette.org

Cancer Foundation for Personal Appearance offers hair loss education and hair piece assistance
877-711-9600 | www.cancerfoundation4pa.org

National Alopecia Areata Foundation Ascot Fund provides scarves in a color and pattern of choice
888-884-3653 | www.naaf.org

The Curechief Foundation provides free curechiefs to patients
866-868-CURE | www.curechief.com

The Wig Program at Tower Cancer Research Foundation refurbishes donated wigs for cancer patients in their treatment center.
310-285-7242 | www.towercancerfoundation.org

For a listing of local resources from RLCIRL available in Los Angeles County click here.

If you have any questions related to wig and scarf resources please contact me at 877-752-2120 or visit me online at http://www.lacancerinfo.org

Phyllis Ruja Tell, MSW
Manager, RLC Information and Resource Line (RLCIRL)

July 29, 2010 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

The Ripple Effect Of Cancer, a personal story

By: Jeff Hewitt

Growing up, I had a lot of cancer around me. Both my grandfathers died of the disease and so did my third grade teacher who taught me to read and write.

When I was a child, I did everything with my best friend Jeff Brodsky We lived in the same neighborhood and our families were very close. I remember Jon’s mom Leslie who would pick us up on cool, clear summer mornings to take us to the beach. She was always positive, laid back and happy-go-lucky whose primary concern was the well being of her two sons.

At the age of 24, Leslie was diagnosed with breast cancer, which she bravely fought for two years. After surviving this disease, she devoted her life to bringing cancer awareness to others. She appeared on TV and volunteered with countless patients in the grips of their illness, sharing her experience of strength and hope. I think she valued life more then before enduring the uphill battle of cancer. She felt every day was a blessing to be with her husband and two sons. Her attitude was one of passion and purpose, and it showed in her brilliant smile and caring affection expressed to all.

Then at the age of 45 she was hit again with the bad news. This time it was lung cancer (Leslie was a non-smoker). I cannot begin to comprehend how hard it must have been for her to receive the news of having to go one more time through cancer treatment and the physical and emotional turmoil it caused. She fought the disease with dignity and grace, always staying positive. Every morning I remember pulling up to her house and Jon walking out to the car, with her watching from the threshold of the front door. If her health permitted, she would see Jon off to school. She did a wonderful job as a mother, wife, and close friend, while she suffered so much from this disease.

Leslie will always be remembered for her great volunteer work and her own brave fight with cancer that speaks a universal language of hope through adversity. She always kept a positive spirit even when the odds were not in her favor. Her spirit lives on through the countless souls she touched with her loving message of strength and hope. This is only one of the infinite stories of how cancer affects the lives of so many people, not just the one suffering.

May 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment


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