How can cancer patients get free wigs?


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As of 2016, free wigs for cancer patients are available from several nonprofit organizations, including the American Cancer Society and CancerCare, according to About.com. Some organizations also supplies free items such as breast prosthesis, mastectomy products and head coverings. Another resource for free wigs is the Locks of Love organization.

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The American Cancer Society Wig Bank Program works with local salons and participating organizations across the country to supply wigs and accessories to cancer patients, with no restrictions based on financial need, explains the ACS. Patients do not pay a fee for the wigs at most locations, but some charge minimal fees to cover costs. Salons often provide free styling services as well.

CancerCare, based in New York City, hosts wig clinics for cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, providing free wigs based on a 30-minute fitting and consultation with a specialist, along with support from an oncologist social worker. In Seattle, the Cancer Care Program provides wig clinics with complimentary wigs and private fittings at major medical centers such as the Swedish Cancer Institute and Evergreen Hospital, notes The Polyclinic. Some locations also provide free hats, scarves and other head coverings.

The nationwide Locks of Love nonprofit organization focuses on helping children, supplying free hairpieces to financially disadvantaged patients under age 21 who have long-term hair loss due to cancer or other diseases, according to the Locks of Love website. The hair prosthetics come from donated human hair.

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