• The FORCE Cancer Support and Information Centre is OPEN, 9:30am to 4:30pm weekdays, no appointment needed.

Coping with hair loss

FORCE offers a wig fitting service because losing your hair during treatment for cancer can be distressing.

An experienced technician advises on fitting and styling your new hair.

We also sell wig products like shampoo, conditioner, spray plus wig trees and a selection of head scarves and headwear.

If you have any questions about coping with hair loss, please call us on 01392 408535.

Coping with hair loss
FORCE wig service

FORCE wig service

A cancer diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll lose your hair but some chemotherapy treatments cause considerable hair thinning and others lead to complete hair loss.

This can happen as soon as 3-4 weeks after treatment starts.

The FORCE wig service runs every Wednesday from 10am to 4:30pm at our Exeter Support Centre.

We work with Browns More Hair Now, a long-established family business based in Plymouth.

Their technicians are fully trained in fitting, cutting and styling wigs and can provide advice and tips about wearing and caring for your new hair.

How it works

Your clinic nurse will explain the process of getting a wig and generate a form to cover the cost.

They will also give you written information on wig suppliers approved by the hospital.

To start the process, you need to call the RD&E appliance officer on 01392 402128. They 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 then need to contact Shelley Boult at FORCE on 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 be able to 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.

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 (including VAT).

If you want 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.

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