Sup­port for re­gional can­cer pa­tients

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera, Mallee and Grampians res­i­dents who have lost their hair through can­cer treat­ment can now ac­cess Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s free Re­gional Wig Ser­vice.

In­stead of trav­el­ling to Mel­bourne to have a wig fit­ted, peo­ple af­fected by can­cer can call Can­cer Coun­cil on 13 11 20 and com­plete a form to se­lect their style and colour.

An ap­pro­pri­ate wig will be sent out within 10 days at no cost.

Pa­tients go­ing through can­cer treat­ment can also re­quest a beanie, head­scarf or sleep cap.

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 about 50 per­cent 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 and of­ten feel­ing too un­well.

“Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s Re­gional Wig Ser­vice has been de­signed to com­ple­ment our ex­ist­ing ser­vice in Mel­bourne, as well as lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vices to pro­vide an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble ser­vice.”

Pa­tients liv­ing more than 50 kilo­me­tres from Mel­bourne, with­out a lo­cal wig ser­vice close to home, are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a wig via the re­gional ser­vice.

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about the wig ser­vice can call 13 11 20 to speak with a can­cer nurse.

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