Medical Wigs for Cancer Patients: Beyond Aesthetics

Nothing is more upsetting than finding out you have cancer. The diagnosis alone can be enough to make anyone go into a tail spin. From that point forward, your life is turned upside down. Cancer patients have to go through a battery of tests, medications, treatments which lead to a multitude of physical and emotional changes during this time. One of the most visible changes, unfortunately, is hair loss. Losing hair can be a traumatic experience for many people, especially those who are undergoing chemotherapy. Medical wigs have become a popular solution for cancer patients who want to regain their self-confidence and feel like themselves again. But, did you know that there are many other benefits to medical wigs beyond aesthetics?

They're gentle on the scalp.

Medical wigs are generally lighter than traditional wigs, which means that they are gentle on the scalp and can be cradled on the head rather than having to be pinned into place. This can help reduce pain for cancer patients who are experiencing temporary hair loss as a result of chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Unlike regular wigs, medical wigs are less likely to cause itching or discomfort, making them an ideal option for cancer patients who may already be experiencing discomfort due to their treatment. 

They protect your scalp from the sun and cold.

Wearing a wig can help reduce scalp irritation from sun exposure or chemotherapy treatments. The soft, lightweight material of wigs makes them comfortable to wear for long periods of time and they can be washed and dried easily. The gentle nature of the materials used in medical wigs means that they won't cause damage to your skin or hair follicles, which are sensitive after treatment. 

They provide a sense of privacy and control.

Medical wigs can also provide a sense of privacy and control for cancer patients. Hair loss can be a visible reminder of cancer treatment, which can make patients feel vulnerable and exposed. Wearing a medical wig can help patients feel like they have some control over their appearance, which can help boost their self-esteem and confidence.

They help you feel like your pre-cancer self again.

Hair loss can be a traumatic experience, and many cancer patients report feeling like they have lost a part of themselves. Wearing a medical wig can help patients feel like they are reclaiming their identity and returning to their pre-cancer selves, which can help return a sense of normalcy in their lives.

 

Medical wigs offer many benefits for patients with cancer, beyond aesthetics. They're comfortable and protect the scalp, they provide privacy when hair loss is too severe to be concealed under hats or scarves (especially helpful during chemotherapy treatment), and they let people feel like themselves again—keeping their spirits up as well as their appearance!

If you or a loved one is in need of a wig due to cancer treatment, complete the application form through our Wig Through Insurance Program and we will help you qualify for a free wig through your insurance provider at no cost.

3 comments

My aunt recently survived her battle with breast cancer, and since she is getting discharged from the hospital soon, she plans to get a medical wig because of the hair loss she experienced due to chemotherapy. I’m thankful you informed us that medical wigs are generally lighter than traditional ones, so they help reduce pain for cancer patients by being gentle on the scalp and less likely to cause itching or discomfort. I’ll take note of this while I look for where I can find chemo wigs for sale for my aunt soon. https://www.highdefinitionhair.com/chemo-wigs

Clare Martin October 25, 2023

I will be starting Chemo tomorrow, and trying to prepare myself for losing my hair. I am retired on Medicare! Thank you❤️

Patricia Dorsey July 16, 2023

I am extremely excited and overjoyed when I saw your post on Facebook about your mission of giving out wigs for those who have lost hair due to chemo. I hope and fervently pray that I can avail of one of the wigs you are giving to anyone who may qualify.
.I had my chemo last 2019 yet, lost all my hair to chemo, and since then, I have not recovered my full hair. Whatever grew back slowly fell off. Now I have scarcely have hair left which I have kept short to avoid any further fall off of the hair I have presently.
Again, I pray to get a free wig from your organization. Having and wearing one , even on special occasion only , will surely bring back my confidence in facing people during the last phase of my life. You will surely make me very grateful and appreciative if you can consider me as one of those who can benefit from your generosity.
Again , my many thanks and gratefulnesses.

Valentina May 17, 2023

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