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Quality wigs free for cancer patients

Tuesday, 30th July, 2013

The hospital’s Cancer Care Co-ordinator Sandra Turley (left) and Psycho-oncology Counsellor Ruby Hooke with a range of top quality new wigs for women cancer patients, courtesy of a generous donation. The hospital’s Cancer Care Co-ordinator Sandra Turley (left) and Psycho-oncology Counsellor Ruby Hooke with a range of top quality new wigs for women cancer patients, courtesy of a generous donation.

By Emily Roberts

Women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment will be able to use wigs now available from the hospital.

The collection of news wigs may be loaned courtesy of a donation from the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Program.

The program works in partnership with the Look Good Feel Better Program.

Sandra Turley, Cancer Care Co-ordinator for the Far West Local Health District, said the wigs would be free of charge.

“Women who are receiving chemotherapy and radio therapy will be able to access the wigs,” Mrs Turley said.

“About 40 to 50 per cent of women that lose their hair through cancer treatments ask about wigs.

“It is a big psychological issue for women. The first questions patients often ask is “Will I lose my hair?”.

Mrs Turley said the wigs are also available to patients who might have permanent hair loss through cancer treatment.

The wigs be added to the wig bank and can be styled to an individual’s taste. They are made from human hair, meaning care and styling is much easier.

“They are beautiful wigs and are very good quality,” Mrs Turley said. 

“I can help people get a wig from the Wig Bank at the Royal Adelaide hospital. I send down a photo and they match up colour and hair style to the patient,” she  said.

Anyone requiring one may call Ms Turley on 8080 1197, Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

Mrs Turley also said hair salons could help by donating wigs or by helping with their maintenance.

“I would be forever grateful if any local hair salons could offer their help.” The next Look Good Feel Better workshop is being held on September 19.

For more information about the Look Good Feel Better Program go to www.lgfb.org.au or contact Kerri Baker on 0403 025 927.

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