How useful is hair for cancer patients

Hair loss during chemotherapy

Hair loss is one of the most serious side effects of any for many people. For example, it can be a burden because others can now recognize that you have cancer. The self-image as a woman or a man can also suffer. In women, the loss of scalp hair primarily plays a role, in men also that of beard and body hair.

There are several ways to deal with these stresses: If you have long hair, you can, for example, have a short haircut cut before you start. If hair loss then sets in, the fancy tufts of hair appear less large and frightening. Shaving your hair off yourself prevents the feeling of permanent hair loss - and prevents you from repeatedly having to remove hair from bed, clothing or in the bathroom, for example.

To cover the bald scalp, hats, scarves, caps or wigs made of synthetic or real hair are suitable. Wigs made of real hair can be cut like the previous hairstyle and look very natural. However, they are more expensive than synthetic hair wigs. Anyone who decides on a wig can have the doctor who administered it write out a prescription for them. The health insurance companies usually cover part of the cost of a synthetic hair wig.

Fancy eyelashes and brows can be replaced with artificial eyelashes and make-up. Those who have not done their own make-up beforehand can get tips and suggestions from a large number of videos on the Internet; some clinics and self-help organizations also offer special courses.

Another possibility is to exchange ideas with other sufferers or to seek support from a psycho-oncologist and to talk about the worries and fears associated with hair loss.

Until the hair has completely grown back, it is best to care for it very gently. This means, for example, not washing them more than twice a week if possible, using baby shampoo, not drying them too hot or for too long and refraining from dyeing them.