Beauty and Cancer

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Loretta Hatlestad  has her wig adjusted

“I was just tickled pink to get my wig,” Hatlestad said. “I was kind of distressed at losing my hair and am so grateful that my nurse and the Beauty and Cancer program were tuned into my feelings.”

For many women and men, hair loss is a devastating aspect of cancer treatment. The Beauty and Cancer program at UW Medical Center understands the emotional effects this can have on patients and has helped thousands of people feel confident about their appearance so they can focus on treatment.

The program, established in 1989, provides free wigs, hats and scarves to cancer patients receiving care at UWMC and SCCA. Funding is provided by the UWMC Service League, an independent nonprofit organization with a fundraising mission made up of volunteers that work alongside staff members throughout the medical center.

Beauty and Cancer consultants see patients by appointment either in their beautiful room or at the patient’s bedside. Patients receive a consultation, during which the volunteer explains the program and learns about the patients’ needs and preference. The goal is to help patients begin thinking in a new way about how he or she wants to look.

The program has a wide selection of hair alternatives, such as wigs in a variety of colors, styles and lengths or head coverings, such as stylish cotton hats, knit hats, baseball caps, scarves and head wraps, turbans and sleep caps. Styles range from dressy to casual, from classic to trendy.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 206.598.3604.

“I was just tickled pink to get my wig,” Hatlestad said. “I was kind of distressed at losing my hair and am so grateful that my nurse and the Beauty and Cancer program were tuned into my feelings.”
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