Wigs and cancer treatment
There are three main ways (listed below) that side effects from cancer treatments can cause hair loss resulting in people choosing to wear a wig, hairpiece or hair replacement system. The type of treatment you are having will normally define how long you may need a wig for. For example we commonly refer to chemotherapy as being ‘temporary hair loss’ meaning that the hair should grow back after treatment. However, some forms of radiotherapy to the scalp area may cause some longer-term or permanent hair loss. With this in mind it is important to understand what type of wig, hairpiece or hair replacement system may be appropriate and for how long it may be needed.
Let’s look at the three main treatment types; what type of hair loss and re-growth is to be expected; and what type of wig may be best recommended.
Next planned review: February 2020