Coping with Hair Loss

Some people having cancer treatment find that it doesn’t affect their hair at all. However, chemotherapy and other medicines can affect the condition and growth of your hair. Some people find that their hair becomes thinner and in some people, it falls out completely. Any hair loss from chemotherapy is almost always temporary.

People who have surgery or radiotherapy to their head may find they have areas where their hair doesn’t grow back.

The information in this section discusses ways to help you cope with hair loss, both practically and emotionally. It also explains how to get, pay for and look after a wig or hairpiece, and mentions alternatives to wigs such as hats, scarves and turbans.

Find out about our partnership with TONI &GUY hair salons on Strength in Style, a scheme to help improve the quality of hair care on the high street to people affected by cancer.