Hair loss

Although losing hair may not seem serious compared to coping with cancer, many people find it upsetting. Hair loss may affect how a person feels about themselves and their sexuality. Hair loss from chemotherapy can range from mild thinning of the hair to total hair loss, including body hair. When the hair grows back it may be more curly, thicker or finer than it was before treatment. It may grow back a slightly different colour.

Some people choose to wear a wig while their hair is growing back. Others choose to wear a scarf or hat, while some people prefer to keep their head uncovered.

Depending on where you live you might be able to go to a Look Good Feel Better workshop. These are free of charge and provide tips and advice about dealing with changes to the way you look while having chemotherapy. Workshops are available in capital cities and other major centres.