Three Things You Should Know About Hair Loss During Cancer Treatment

Hair loss is, unfortunately, a common side effect of cancer treatments of all kind. Many people often find themselves ill prepared for this side effect, which often leads to more emotional turmoil when it does happen. If you know that hair loss is a possible risk for yourself, you should take the steps to be prepared. Here are three things you should know:

  1. Your Specific Risk: First, you ought to know your specific risk for hair loss by talking with your doctor. The risk is going to be determined based on the specific treatment you are receiving. The more you know about your risk, the better prepared you can be for it. You also want to ask questions such as when regrowth is likely to happen or if it will happen at all and if there are any possible medications or therapies you can use to help combat the hair loss effects. 
  2. Wig Costs: Now you might be wondering whether or not a wig is even the right choice for you. For most people, it's definitely something worth considering. For this reason, you might want to look into the costs. Many times, your health insurance will cover some if not all the costs of the wig that you choose. Your health insurance could possibly even help pay for any treatments and medications to help combat the hair loss effects, so it's worth turning to them for these questions fist. If your health insurance does not provide coverage for the wig, you can reach out to your cancer treatment center and talk about any programs or resources they have available to help you find a wig for a low or free cost. 
  3. There is Support: Finally, you should know that there is plenty of support out there for you to handle the emotional stress of losing your hair. Many people believe that they can handle it because they are expecting it to happen, but losing your hair coupled with the emotional stress of getting the cancer treatment you need can be challenging. This is why there are plenty of support groups for not only cancer in general, but also hair loss and rebuilding your self-image. The change in appearance alone from cancer treatments can be enough to send a person into a bad place of depression, so you should definitely keep note of what support groups are available. 

When you know these three things about hair loss, you can be better prepared for the process of it, as well as coping with it during this difficult time. Contact a provider, like Silver Cancer Institute, for more help.