“When I lost my hair during treatment, I felt like everyone saw me as a ‘patient’. Having a wig meant I could get on with my daily life.” - Olivia, Wig Service client
One of the more confronting aspects of cancer treatment is losing hair and our Wig Service is available to help people across Victoria. With the inception in 2017 of our regional wig service to accompany the onsite service at our St Kilda Road office, 78 wigs have been posted to people affected by cancer.
We often receive enquiries on styling a head scarf and it turns out Dr Susan Carland receives similar requests. We teamed together to host a Wig Service Workshop in May 2018 and used the opportunity to create six tutorial videos for wearing a wig or headscarf.
Available on our website, the videos demonstrates tips and styles for anyone learning how to choose, wear and style a headscarf or wig. Thank you to Dr Susan Carland, Dianne Haynes from Celebrity Brandz, and model Kaitlyn for working with us on the following videos:
- Benefits of wearing a synthetic wig
- Fitting a wig
- Looking after and styling a wig
- Wearing a headscarf
- Styling a rectangle scarf
- Styling a square scarf
Our Wig Service is available at 615 St Kilda Road, and a postal service is available for those living in regional Victoria. Call Cancer Council 13 11 20 or email email@example.com to find out more.
Watch video tutorials
Three fact sheets – “What Is Cancer?”, “Coping with Cancer Fatigue” and “Caring for Someone with Cancer” – are now available to download in bilingual versions in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Hindi, Italian, Tamil, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
New editions now available: Understanding Cervical Cancer and Understanding Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers. Understanding Secondary Bone Cancer – an online fact sheet (available to download, not otherwise in hard copy)
John Colebatch (1909–2005) was the pioneer of paediatric chemotherapy in Australia. Thanks in part to his work, most children now survive cancer. Read this fascinating account of his life by Tim Colebatch, John’s youngest son and former editor and columnist with The Age.