NAME Library for Cancer patients
CANCER TYPE General
INSTITUTION Arrow Foundation
STATE New South Wales
GRANT TYPE Other
PROJECT TYPE Support
The Tracey Scone Wig Library is Arrow’s most utilised patient support service. The service assists cancer sufferers experiencing hair loss caused by chemotherapy. Cancer patients can borrow a quality wig completely free of charge or obligation, for the duration of treatment and until their hair grows back. In some cases, if the patient has undergone radiotherapy to the skull, hair may never grow back in which case the patient may keep the wig.
[excerpt from arrow.org.au]
"Hair loss can be one of the most emotionally distressing side effects of chemotherapy, a treatment that affects all cells in the body including hair follicle cells. Like cancer cells, hair follicle cells multiply quickly and chemotherapy drugs have difficulty discerning the difference. Patients experiencing hair loss through chemotherapy, can borrow a wig from Arrow's Tracey Scone Wig Library. This patient support service is available for all cancer patients from any hospital and is completely free of charge."