Breast Cancer and Hair Loss
May 30 2017
Most of us have been touched in one way or another by someone with breast cancer. If you or someone you love is battling breast cancer, you are not alone. The American Cancer Society’s estimate is that there were 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer that is diagnosed in the United State last year alone. The toll it takes physically an emotionally can be devastating.
Breast cancer victims face difficult battles from surgery, to chemotherapy and hair loss. We consider it a great honor in being able to help many of these women as they start the fight of their lives.
Chemotherapy and Hair Loss
Chemotherapy drugs are designed to attack fast-growing cancer cells in the body. Unfortunately, chemotherapy treatments also attack fast-growing healthy cells. As a result, fast growing hair follicle cells are very sensitive to chemotherapy drugs and treatments so most patients experience hair loss. In most cases, however, such hair loss is not permanent. Patients normally begin to regrow their hair in three to 12 months after their final chemotherapy treatment. For many women, the hair that regrows comes back with a slight change in texture or slightly altered shade. It can also come back much finer and thinner.
Medical Wigs and Hair Replacement Systems
Today’s advanced, state-of-the-art custom made human hair wigs and non-surgical hair replacement systems for women provide the undetectable look and feel of real, natural growing hair. In terms of both feel and look, today’s modern women’s hair replacement are virtually impossible to tell apart from your own natural growing hair.
Today’s women’s hair replacement systems are custom designed to match your own natural hair texture, color and hair style. This attention to detail has allowed us to help thousands of women that have to cope with hair loss due to their battle with breast cancer and other types of genetic and medically related hair loss.
Medical wigs and hair prostheses are perfect for women who anticipate undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We do recommend, however, that you make an appointment early (before treatments begin) so that we can match the color and texture of your own hair with your new hair prosthesis or wig. It is always our goal to not only give women back their hair but to also them to a feeling of normalcy and well being with respect to their hair during this difficult time of treatment and uncertainty.
It is also helpful to know that many insurance plans will cover the cost of a hair prosthesis (medically necessary wig). We always encourage women to check with their insurance agent to determine if their insurance plan offers this type of coverage.
If you or someone you know is facing breast cancer, we encourage you to contact us. Learn how our custom made medical and chemotherapy wigs and women’s hair replacement solutions can help you on your road to recovery.