People’s first question when they are told they have cancer is often, ‘Will I lose my hair?’. Our hair may be an important part of our appearance and identity. It may be a way we express our personality. Often, when our hair looks good, we feel good.
Many people find losing their hair upsetting. You may feel uncomfortable about socialising with your different appearance and worry about how it will affect relationships with family and friends. In some cultures, hair is seen as a symbol of fertility and desirability, or a sign of health and status. If hair has a special significance for your culture, it can be even more difficult to adjust to losing it.
The pages in this section have suggestions to help both men and women cope with losing their hair and managing their new appearance.
You may find our information on body image and cancer helpful. It explains how cancer can affect your body and the way you see it, and suggests ways of dealing with those thoughts and feelings.