When a person is diagnosed with cancer it can be heartbreaking. Often even the idea of choosing wigs for cancer patients does not even come to mind. Certainly friends and family don't rush out to find out about wigs for cancer patients. This may be a mistake. One of the first things that is often mentioned when reading about chemotherapy is that the patient, be it male or female, is afraid they will lose all of their hair. This is not only the hair on the head but potentially all of their body wave hair. To some people that is a very real and scary by product of having chemotherapy.
Ideally, the patient or family member or even a friend, should take into consideration what can or may happen during the chemotherapy process. There are a lot of side effects and not all of them kind to the body. One of the side effects that they should talk about is deep wave hair loss and how the patient will feel about the process. In a way this is a preparation for the entire process. The Mayo Clinic site suggests that the person use energy staying healthy rather than worrying about how they are going to look. Ok, this is fine to say but probably not very realistic. The patient is going to care how they will look.
Now you can sit down with the patient and discuss their options. One of the choices that many cancer patients make is to get a wig. Apparently it may be covered under some insurance polices as a prosthesis device and will be paid for by insurance. This is a good place to start.
The next decision is what type of wig to get. There are many striaght lace frontal wigs made for cancer patients available. Some people like a synthetic wig because the way it is made allows air to flow through it. Of major importance to think about is that the patient may be shy about trying on wigs so it is best to pick a shop that respects their privacy. A shop that specializes in wigs for cancer patients will be aware of this and will be able to provide the necessary privacy.
A custom made natural hair wig is probably not going to be a choice as they can take months to create. A synthetic or mix of synthetic and natural hair would be the best choice. A synthetic wig has easier maintenance. After all, the wig will be worn seven days a week, all day long. They will require cleaning and perhaps some styling. All of this needs to be considered. Perhaps buying two wigs is a possibility, maybe in different styles and/or colors. Then there can be a style change and it will let one of the wigs air out.
Probably an easy care wig will be the best choice. The patient just has to make some basic style decisions and they will be on their way to recovery in no time at all.
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