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When Cancer Treatment Causes Hair Loss in Someone You Know

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Posted April 10, 2015 by m0j0admin in Hair Loss

When Cancer Treatment Causes Hair Loss in Someone You Know

Helping support someone who’s undergoing cancer treatment can also include addressing that person’s hair loss. Use the suggestions below to help someone who’s dealing with cancer deal with their hair loss.

Never tell the person that losing their hair is the least of their troubles because no one knows about the eventualities the person receiving cancer treatment is facing better than that person. If someone is discussing the trauma of losing their hair, that means that in spite of other things they’re facing, they’re suffering because of hair loss.

Offer to go wig shopping, and consider contributing to the cost of a wig for someone you know undergoing cancer treatment.

Wig expenses are usually insufficiently covered by insurance, if at all, presenting obstacles in getting a better-quality wig. Accompanying someone to a wig shop and pitching in with the cost can be a loving act that will benefit the person undergoing cancer treatment during treatment and beyond.

Don’t bring up hair loss unless the person undergoing treatment brings it up.

One of the hardest parts about cancer and cancer treatment is the feeling of loss of control so that waiting for your friend or family member to introduce any topic about cancer treatment, including loss of hair, rather than you bringing it up, is a kind and generous act.

Don’t invite individuals who are undergoing cancer treatment and have suffered hair loss on outings that will make them feel self-conscious or risk shifting of head coverings.

Avoid situations where your friend or family member is likely to feel uncomfortable about the head covering they’re wearing, such as outdoor activities on windy days or crowded parties where people are bound to bump into each other.

Don’t talk about your own hair problems while someone you know is living with hair loss from cancer treatment. There is a huge element of “why me?” in cancer that can promote feelings of depression in your friend or family member that can worsen through such discussions.

Don’t assume that the person will “get used to” seeing themselves without hair. While hair loss can be interpreted as a positive sign that treatment is working, it’s still an astonishing physical change for the person experiencing hair loss.

If the person discloses that their physician explained they might or might not lose their hair and they are losing their hair, make sure they don’t view the hair loss as some kind of failure on their part. Instead focus on their courage in choosing to undergo the treatment.

Never reach over and touch a wig unless the person invites you to do so. Insecurity about a wig shifting or coming off can create a lot of stress for someone who has lost their hair from cancer treatment.

If someone you know is experiencing hair loss from cancer treatment, you’ll want to support that person as he or she learns to deal with the hair loss. Use the suggestions above for avoiding common pitfalls that can result in hurting the feelings of someone who’s losing their hair from cancer treatment.


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