For many people the thought of losing their hair during treatment for cancer can be distressing.
We offer a wig fitting service at the FORCE Support and Information Centre, provided by an experienced wig technician, who can advise on fitting and styling your new hair.
We also stock wig products and a selection of head scarves and headwear for you to purchase.
When our Centre is open, our wig service takes place every Wednesday from 10am to 4:30pm. Our visiting technician from Browns More Hair Now, a long established family business based in Plymouth, is fully trained in the fitting, cutting and styling of wigs and is able to provide advice and tips about wearing and caring for your new hair.
You won’t necessarily lose your hair when diagnosed with cancer but some chemotherapy treatments will cause considerable hair thinning and others will cause complete hair loss.
This can happen as soon as 3-4 weeks after treatment starts.
Your clinic nurse will explain the process of getting a wig and generate a form to cover the cost. The form is for internal use and you do not need it to make your appointment. The clinic nurse will also give you written information on wig suppliers that have been approved by the hospital.
If you receive treatment at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital which causes hair loss, the cost of your wig will be subsidised by up to £120 (inclusive of VAT). If you wish to have a more expensive wig, the difference in cost will be charged by Browns. The nationally set NHS appliance prescription charge will also apply. Your clinic nurse will explain the details to you. If you are being treated at another hospital you will not be eligible for funding although you may still see the wig technician at FORCE and cover the cost of the wig yourself.
You will first need to phone RD&E appliance officer Jos Dransfield (01392 402128), who will check your details and issue you with an order number. It is best to wait for about five days from speaking to your clinic nurse to allow the necessary paperwork to reach the department. You will then need to contact Shelley Boult at FORCE (01392 408535) to book an appointment with our wig technician. You will need to quote your order number.
The appointment with our wig technician will take up to an hour and you may well take your wig home with you that day. If the wig needs fitting or cutting, this will all take place during your appointment so it might be a good idea to take a friend along for a second opinion.
Although our wig technician carries a large selection of wigs, if you don’t find one that you like on the day, one can be ordered for you and should be ready for you to try on by the following week.
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Offering support to anyone locally affected by cancer since 1987
FORCE Cancer Charity
Corner House, Barrack Road, Exeter EX2 5DW
FORCE nursing team, including benefits advice
Psychological and emotional support
Specialist oncology physiotherapy
Did you know...
At FORCE we stock wig shampoo, conditioner, spray and wig trees to help you care for your wig. We also have a range of reasonably priced headscarves and other headwear for you to purchase.
If you have any questions about coping with hair loss, please call us on 01392 408535.