Parents of children with cancer

This group is designed to provide support to parents who are struggling with their child's cancer. This includes adult children who have cancer.

Hair loss / Wigs

HANTONR
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Hi,

My 21 year old daughter has been diagnosed with Lymphoma and has been told that the treatment will almost certainly result in hair loss, she is of course devastated.  Can anyone offer any help/advice on where wigs can be purchased?  I am new to this group today and don't know where to start, thanks, Rich

ronstar
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Hi HantonR

Welcome to the online community, though I am sorry to hear about your daughter's diagnosis. I am not here as a parent, but as someone who had cancer myself. I didn't wear a wig although I was offered one. Hospitals vary in how they approach this - some have an on-site facility, others give a wig voucher which can be exchanged at various places. The general recommendation is to purchase a synthetic wig and to go somewhere that will do a fitting. Trendco are a company that have places nationally, she could look at that - or there is a website called mynewhair which is a charity set up by Trevor Sorbie - they have a list of salons that have been trained by them to offer wig fittings and/or styling. You can search for what is available in your area. If your daughter has a cancer nurse specialist - they might be a good source of information - they will likely know where other patients go.

I hope your daughter is coping well - she may feel like joining the community herself - there is a group for Non Hodgkin Lymphoma or for  Hodgkin Lymphoma whichever is appropriate. She will get a friendly welcome from people who understand exactly what she is going through

I hope that you are doing OK too - it's difficult news to take in and we are all aware how much it affects our loved ones as well as us. There is a Family and Friends group you might like to pop into for support. There is also the helpline. It's there for you or your daughter and they can help with lots of advice and practicalities but will also lend a listening ear when you need one. 0808 808 00 00 Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm.

I wish your daughter the best through her treatment and sending lots of positivity to you all.

R

HANTONR
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Thank you so much for your reply and help, to be honest none of us are coping too well at the moment but it is very early days and we are all still trying to come to terms with the news :-(

I will take a look at the other communities and will also talk to my daughter, once she is ready.  


I really appreciate your message, thank you, Rich 

ronstar
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You are absolutely welcome - we are all here for you whenever you need!

R