Wigs for Cancer Patients

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Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for lymphoma can cause hair loss (called alopecia by doctors). For many people this is a scary thought; losing one's hair emphasizes feelings of fragility and signals to others that you have cancer. The use of wigs and hairpieces can help cancer patients cope with hair loss and preserve a feeling of dignity and respect.

You may also consider head scarves, a fashionable, comfortable option for those who are uncomfortable with wigs. See this page for more about head scarves

Though they are often stigmatized, a properly worn wig or hairpiece can be a very natural looking way to deal with losing one's hair during chemotherapy. However, a comfortable, natural-looking wig can be difficult to find.

When you are shopping for wigs or hairpieces, make sure to choose a vendor who will take the time to walk you through all of your options. Important considerations include:

Fabrication
100% human hair wigs are often touted as the best, but synthetic fibers are better for some customers.
Hair Length
A knowledgeable salesperson should be sensitive to whether you want to keep your current style or try something new.
Sizing
A wig that is the wrong size is going to look bad regardless of quality. Most wigs are adjustable but correct measurements will ensure the best fit.
Wig Construction
Most first-time customers need a crash course in wig construction. Options include capless, monofilament, and hand-tied.

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