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My name is Barbara Hass and I am a cancer survivor, an advocate for chemotherapy patients and founder of which offers soft headwear for people dealing with cancer chemo hair loss.  Thanks for visitng and please feel free to comment on my blog, or contact me if you have questions about headwear for chemotherapy hair loss.

Turbans for Cancer Patients

The need for new Headgear for Cancer patients

As wide as the choice is for cancer patients facing hair loss from chemotherapy, each option has certain drawbacks. Till now, we have discussed wigs, caps, and scarves for women who would like to conceal their hair loss. In this section, we discuss yet another option - the turban. Turbans for cancer patients have been widely used due to their unique abilities to provide complete coverage of the head unlike caps, keeping the head warm and protected (unlike scarves which are not very thick), and feeling comfortable unlike wigs which cannot be worn all the time.

In addition, tubans are relatively cheaper than wigs, which makes it appealing to those who are on a budget. Finally, turbans are exotic, and cancer patients who are already feeling low, might find it an uplifting experience to vary their looks and experiment with a different styel.


Cancer Scarves for Chemo Patients

Overview of Cancer Scarves

In the previous articles, we have seen that one can use head gear like cancer caps and wigs in order to serve the dual purpose of protection and fashion. However, these solutions are somewhat inflexible and for those who are creative and like to vary their style and headgear in a cost effective and engaging way, there are few better options than cancer scarves.


Using caps for cancer patients instead of wigs

Caps for cancer hair loss

We saw in an earlier article that using wigs to cover up your hair loss during cancer is one of the ways you can make yourself feel better during this difficult time. However, for many people, wigs are not suitable either for reasons of taste, or for the simple fact that they are uncomfortable. Some people will find that wigs itch too much, and yet others might simply feel that they're too expensive. Using caps for cancer hair loss is an effective alternative to wigs and has it's own distinct look and advantages.

Caps for Cancer patients

Benefits of using caps for cancer

Those choosing to use caps instead of wigs will find that they are simply more convenient and require far less maintenance compared to wigs. In many situations, you will find that caps confer the casual look that you are trying to achieve without drawing attention to yourself - which is usually the primary goal for those suffering from hair loss due to chemo.

Cancer caps are also cheaper and last for a longer time than wigs. As such, they are easily replaceable and changing caps to suit your mood can be an interesting experience to divert yourself with. 

Caps are also more suitable for home use instead of wigs as they are more casual and take less time to put on. One final benefit is that you can wear them while sleeping. This is handy especially when you feel uncomfortable sleeping with nothing covering your head or when your head feels cold due to lack of hair.

Considerations while choosing a cap

By far one of the most important issues determining which cap you will choose is how much of your head you want to show. Baseball caps are very casual and look great. Unfortunately they don't cover the entire head and you might not be at ease with a cap that doesn't conceal baldness. There are some caps that even come with a layer of hair underneath for a different look. However, you might just want to buy a wig instead of this and it won't solve the problem of being uncomfortable.

There are special caps that cover more of the head that usual specifically make for cancer patients and you might want to test these out. You will be able to shop online and buy them as they will not usually be available at regular stores.

If possible, find a cap that is made up of extremely soft material to reduce irritation to the sensitive scalp. This is important since if the material irritates you, you'll have to wear another layer underneath the cap like a scarf or a sleeping cap.

Ensure that you find a cap that will be appropriate in most situations. Some caps have a brim that may look out of place in areas that are shady or crowded such as a lift.

Alternatives to caps for cancer patients

There are many other solutions that make use of turbans and scarves and they are all slightly different, have their own styles and comfort levels. We will be covering them in later articles.


Wigs for cancer patient hair loss

Using wigs for cancer patient hair loss

One of the most feared symptoms of cancer is hair loss. Undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatment is not something that patients want known to the public, and being bald almost always raises the thought in people's mind.

Sometimes people embrace their loss of hair and come to accept it as well as people's reactions to it. However, not everyone can tolerate standing out from the crowd. Such people choose to use wigs for cancer patient hair loss. In addition to avoiding the glance of strangers, some people feel that the loss of their hair lowers their self confidence and affects their self image. Wearing a wig to cover their baldness is a natural response to the loss of their hair.

Different types of wigs to combat hair loss

There are many different wigs for cancer patient symptoms and the type of wig you choose greatly depends on the type of hair you had before your hair loss commenced. So it is important that you go to a wig specialist well before your hair actually starts to fall out. This will ensure that your wig specialist understands the type of hair had previously and will allow them to create a new wig that will be tailored for your specific hair type.

If you have trouble finding a wig specialist, ask the hospital where you're getting your chemotherapy. They will probably have tie ups with specialists who will help you with the process, and perhaps offer you a discount as well!

There are many different wigs to suit everyone's budget. Obviously you should get the best wig that you are willing to pay for since you're going to rely heavily on it for over a year or so. Most wigs aren't designed to last that long when worn continuously. In addition, wigs are generally meant for woman who already have some hair, not those who are bald. So you need to consider these factors before buying one. For example, ensure that the underside of the wig doesn't itch when you place it for long periods against your scalp.

Experts suggest that you get a wig that has a color lighter than your own. The reason is wig hair has a higher density than regular hair and so might appear darker. So to offset this, find one that is mildly lighter.

On the flip side, you might want to use this as an opportunity to go wild and try something new! Chemotherapy can really depress you and it's nice to have something fun to do while you're undergoing treatment. Many cancer patients will tell you that it's important to keep your morale up through this difficult time and adding an unusual experimental hair color to your life can really spice up your mood.

There are many tips while wearing wigs that we can cover in later articles. Watch this space for more info and advice on how to handle chemotherapy in a positive manner.


10 Home Remedies for Chemothery Side Effects

By Donna Parra

This is my second "go round" with cancer and chemoptherapy, this time I'm much more educated in helping myself deal with side effects and would like to pass my remedies on to others.

Chemotherapy affects the stomach in a very devastating manner from the top to the bottom and though the prescribed Katrill was a life saver, it doesn't do it "all". Here are a few home remedies your oncologist will not tell you about...he's busy with the chemical aspect of treating the disease and not much into home remedies....I am!


Human Hair Wigs versus Synthetic Wigs

Confused about the differences between choosing a human versus synthetic hair wig?  There are advantages and disadvantages for both human hair wigs and synthetic wigs. This article is a quick summary of the major difference in these two types of wigs.


How to select a wig for a sensitive chemo scalp

When selecting a wig, you want it to look natural, fit properly and be comfortable. To this end wig makers have devised innovative and diverse manufacturing techniques to make wigs.


Test Determines Benefit of Chemotherapy For Breast Cancer

There's a relatively new cancer test that assesses the likelihood that breast cancer will recur and it can also provide information as to whether a patient will benefit chemotherapy. This called the Oncotype DX Test. The studies for this began in 2004, and after evaluating patients who took this test, it was found that about half the patients would not benefit from chemotherapy. Prior to this test, all patients would have been given chemo as a matter of course. This test is only effective for those patients that do not have lymph node involvement and whose cancer is hormone receptor positive. This type of breast cancer is the most common, so this test will benefit the most people. For more information, search the web using "Oncotype DX" for a plethora of articles.

Jon Huntsman and the Huntsman Cancer Institute

I saw a news/talk show the other night, and they had Jon Huntsman on. What a remarkable man - in so many ways. In addition to being a very generous contributor to cancer research, he wrote a book titled "Winners Never Cheat", and he lives by that concept. At one time, when his business was doing poorly his advisors said he should file for bankruptcy, but he said that was not an option, some business suffers when another files for bankruptcy, and he felt that was not an option for him. So, he decided to sell off part of his business for around $54 million, found a buyer and made a verbal commitment and shook hands on it. Due to various delays, by the time the buyer's lawyers got all the paperwork together, the business had turned around and was then valued at $175 million. The buyer said he would be willing to split the difference since his lawyers were the ones to hold the deal up, by Huntsman said absolutely not, they shook on it so it was a done deal for $54 million. Around this time, Huntsman took out loans of between $50 and $100 million to cover his commitments to cancer research. His advisiors told him he was nuts to try to live up to his charitable commitments when things were looking so grim financially, but he said he pledged the money, and he would honor it. Period. He donated $100 million to establish the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. It's main focus is research to find cures for cancer, but it is also a unique cancer care facility with an emphasis on the dignity and comfort of its patients. HCI has a staff of world renowned research scientists whose approach to cancer research is based on genteics. They hope to find new methods to detect and treat cancer while at the same time reducing the side effects of that treatment. For more information on HCI, refer to:

Chemotherapy Hair Loss Prevention - Is It Necessary?

By Tim Bock Hair loss during chemotherapy treatments is almost an inevitable. If treatments go on long enough, the likelihood of you losing your hair is greater than the likelihood of you not losing your hair, and unfortunately that is something that just happens to be accepted. In some instances, chemotherapy hair loss prevention is an option. For shorter treatments, there are ways to try and stimulate the growth of the hair follicles, but in most cases chemotherapy hair loss prevention is better translated into other options. As hard as it may be on the self esteem, think of the loss of your hair due to chemotherapy treatments as a new opportunity. Many times, it is better to consider alternatives to chemotherapy hair loss prevention. Hair pieces are a great thing for chemotherapy patients, as they are a great experiment. Use that time to consider the possibilities; many times after hair grows back from chemotherapy treatments, it grows in a different color or a different texture than it was before it fell out. That is exciting for some people, and it tends to make up part of the horrible experience of losing the hair in the first place. At that time, chemotherapy hair loss prevention is not an option anymore, and it is no longer necessary. Scarves are also a popular option in lieu of chemotherapy hair loss prevention. They come in different colors and styles, and can be made to add a flair to any outfit; this can help to boost self esteem so losing the hair turns out not to be so bad after all. For more hair loss prevention tips, please visit: Hair Loss Solutions a website that specializes in hair loss and chemotherapy Article Source:

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