To Wig or Not to Wig

Here's what you need to know when choosing a wig and how to make the right choice.

Health Monitor Staff
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Check out medical insurance benefits. Some healthcare plans provide for “cranial prostheses"—otherwise known as a wig—with a medical doctor’s prescription. If this benefit is part of your coverage, take advantage of it.

Take charge of your hair loss. It is not unusual today for women with hair medium to long in length to cut their hair short in advance of it falling out. Some have even done a buzz cut, to truly empower themselves for when their hair will be gone (versus waiting for the chemotherapy drugs to cause the hair to fall out.)  If considering either, ask your medical oncologist or a nurse when to anticipate hair loss happening. Some drugs cause hair loss just a few days after the first dose; others may be several doses before it happens.

Opt for a totally new look. Despite the comfort of the familiar, some women decide to buy a wig whose color and style are totally different from their pre-cancer look. “Chemo brings a lot of changes in a woman’s life, so it’s natural that some woman might also want to change their hairstyle.”

May 2013