Rather than needing to travel to Melbourne to have an expensive wig fitted, local residents who have lost their hair through cancer treatment can now access a free regional wig service.
Cancer Council Victoria has launched a service which allows patients going through cancer treatment to select their style and colour, before receiving an appropriate wig within 10 working days at no cost.
Cancer Council nurse manager Katherine Lane said the organisation identified last year that patients living in regional areas of Victoria had limited access to a free or low-cost service in their area.
‘‘We know that approximately 50 per cent of callers to Cancer Council who are interested in a wig service or information on local wig services are living in regional Victoria,’’ she said.
‘‘Patients were telling us they found it difficult to be able to attend appointments in Melbourne due to the cost of travel, the distance in travel and often feeling too unwell.
‘‘Our wig service is designed for patients who would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of a wig, which often leaves patients out of pocket $300 to $500.’’
For more information about the Cancer Council Victoria Wig Service, phone Cancer Information and Support on 131120.