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My appearance (including hair loss)

Cancer services - Hair Loss Room
Hair Loss Room
Treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapy can change the way your body looks, works or feels.

You may find the following information helpful.

Macmillan Cancer Support - changes to appearance and body image

Cancer Research UK - changes to how you look

Look Good Feel Better are running face to face and online workshops:

  • Nail care virtual workshops
  • Skin care and make-up virtual workshops
  • Men's skin fitness

If you are interested in joining these online workshops, contact Look Good Feel Better:

Email: info@lgfb.co.uk

Hair loss

Some treatments for cancer, such as certain chemotherapy drugs or some types of radiotherapy, may cause you to lose your hair.  This page gives details of information booklets relating to hair loss, suppliers of alternative headwear, links to useful websites and details of our wig service.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) information

If your cancer treatment is likely to result in hair loss you will be informed of this before you start your treatment.  You should also be referred to our wig service for a discussion with our wig consultant. 

Hair Loss Service

We have produced a leaflet about hair loss, which includes details of our hair loss service. Please click on the link below to see this leaflet. We also sell alternative headwear, such as scarves and hats. 

Hair loss service

Links to useful websites: 

Macmillan Cancer Support –  hair loss 

Macmillan Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Also produces booklets on different types of cancer and on aspects of living with cancer.   

Freephone helpline – 0808 808 00 00 

Cancer Research UK - Hair loss has information on different types of cancer and living with cancer.

Cancer Research UK freephone helpline: 0808 800 4040

Breast Cancer Now

Produces the following booklet: 

Although this booklet is produced by a breast cancer charity, people diagnosed with other types of cancer requiring treatment that results in hair loss may find it useful.

More information

If you need more information about any issues relating to a diagnosis of cancer, please contact the Cancer Information Centre and we will try to help you.

 This page last reviewed 19/06/2023