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Topic: No wig/cap/hat for Rads?

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2010 02:24PM

faithfulc wrote:

I think I read someone's post (don't remember whose) that one is not allowed any hair pieces during Rads.  Is this true?  Not even a simple cotton cap?  How is a wig going to interfere with Rads?  Please help.  I'm going through chemo now and have lost all my hair.  Rads is coming up in a few months...

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Feb 22, 2010 02:26PM momand2kids wrote:

faithfulc

Not sure where you heard that--I was treated at Dana Farber and wore my wig every day to radiation---it was never an issue

best of luck

c

Dx 10/29/2008, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 06/14/2009 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 11/24/2008 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my right breast Radiation Therapy 03/22/2009 Chemotherapy 01/15/2009 Adriamycin (chemical name: doxorubicin)
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Feb 22, 2010 02:27PM Morgan513 wrote:

I wore my wig all the time.  They never even suggested taking it off!

Good luck!

Lorrie 

Dx 4/9/2008, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 22, 2010 02:29PM , edited Feb 22, 2010 02:33PM by faithfulc

Thank you!!  That sounds more reasonable to me.

I read it on the chemo board, thread for Jan 2010 chemo - page 29 at the top, and by VegasDiva.

Lumpectomy 12/23/2009. Reexcision/port 1/15/2010. TC 6x finished 5/19. Rads finished 8/5. "De-ported" 9/3. Oncotype 9. BRCA1/2 neg. Fareston started 10/2010. Dx 12/9/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 22, 2010 02:39PM RedheadPam wrote:

I wear a cap or scarf every day at rads, no problem!

Dx 8/28/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 07/19/2013 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 07/19/2012 Aromasin (chemical name: exemestane, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 06/04/2010 Surgery 09/22/2009 Lumpectomy in one or both breasts: Lumpectomy in my left breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Sentinel lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my left side Radiation Therapy 01/31/2010 Chemotherapy 10/17/2009 Cytoxan (chemical name: cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (chemical name: docetaxel)
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Feb 22, 2010 03:08PM Leah_S wrote:

I can't think of a reason for taking off your wig or hat. If it should be suggested ask WHY. You're having your breast or chest wall radiated, not your head.

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 23, 2010 04:29PM paigelise wrote:

Hi...when I was measured for my radiation they had made a special pillow for me also that helped me always be in the same position.  Later in my radiation I would wear a baseball hat or keep on my winter hat because I was too lazy to do my hair and sometimes I had to take it off to make sure I was lined up correctly (usually with the thicker winter hat).  Maybe this was what they meant.  I would think if you get measured with your hair piece it wouldn't be a problem to get your radiation with it.

Lumpectomy 11/6/09 Oncotype: 9 (No chemo!) BRCA: negative 33 Rads started 12/28/09 5 years Tamoxifen 3/1/10 Dx 10/20/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 23, 2010 10:30PM steph90 wrote:

I had to remove my scarf when my tatooing was done. I  cried the whole time. I later asked the radiation specialists why this was done, and they knew of no reason for me to have been asked to remove the scarf. The guy must have been a sadist or something. So ask for a reason if you are requested to remove your wig or scarf. and make sure its a good reason. I was never asked during actual treatment to remove my scarf.

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Feb 24, 2010 09:34AM MaineCoonKitty wrote:

Unless they're radiating your head, there's no reason why you can't wear a hat or wig during treatments.  I wear my wig eveyr day.

Dx 4/27/2009, 6cm+, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2010 10:53AM Leah_S wrote:

The facility I used is in Jerusalem. It therefore has a large percentage of patients who are Orthodox Jewish women (who cover their hair with hats/scarves/wigs after marriage) and Muslim women (who wear headscarves all the time). The only ones asked to remove their head coverings are those getting rads to their head.

It is considered a world-class facility. 

Leah

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 6/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2010 11:22AM cookiegal wrote:

if you are having rads on your front, the head position can be a bit akward. I had to pin back my hair so it didn't flop infront of my nose and mouth and make me fidget.

I guess a long wig or a scarf with tails could also get in the way, a cap should be just fine.

You deserve a cookie!
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Feb 24, 2010 11:25AM GryffinSong wrote:

Not only could I wear my scarf, I got to keep in my earrings! :)

Hugs and try not to worry. Compared to chemo, rads aren't too bad. The worst part, for me, was that instead of a chemo suite with lots of people to talk with, I was stuck in a machine for a couple minutes with only the techs. It doesn't take long, but staring around at all that equipment I felt a little like I'd been abducted by aliens!

bmx, no recon - December 16, 2008, AC/T, rads Dx 11/4/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 3/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Feb 24, 2010 08:04PM cookiegal wrote:

gs, that is just what it feel like. It's like being a target in a video game.

You deserve a cookie!
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Feb 25, 2010 02:23AM jacee wrote:

I was told no wig, but it hasn't been bad. The rad techs are great. I get a nice warm blanket every day, and they are very good to keep my good side covered.

My body has cancer, my spirit does not! Dx 4/27/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 01/03/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 10/08/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction of my right breast: Nipple reconstruction Surgery 09/08/2010 Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast ; Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 06/05/2009 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 05/04/2009 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Radiation Therapy 02/11/2010 Chemotherapy 07/05/2009 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
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Feb 25, 2010 08:27AM faithfulc wrote:

jacee, did they tell you why you cannot wear your wig?  Were you able to wear any head covering at all?  (I always wonder what if you have real hair - wouldn't they allow that?)

Lumpectomy 12/23/2009. Reexcision/port 1/15/2010. TC 6x finished 5/19. Rads finished 8/5. "De-ported" 9/3. Oncotype 9. BRCA1/2 neg. Fareston started 10/2010. Dx 12/9/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 3/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 4, 2010 01:58AM jacee wrote:

faithfulc- no, they didn't explain. I just assumed it was proper placement in my "form fitted" foam. I actually wore my wig into the room, and removed it with my glasses. So, I was just without it for a  few minutes during the treatment.

LOL..you are right about real hair!!

My body has cancer, my spirit does not! Dx 4/27/2009, IDC, <1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 3/11 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 01/03/2010 Femara (chemical name: letrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Surgery 10/08/2011 Reconstruction of my left breast: Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction of my right breast: Nipple reconstruction Surgery 09/08/2010 Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of one or both breasts : Prophylactic (also called preventive) mastectomy of my left breast ; Reconstruction of my left breast: DIEP flap; Reconstruction of my right breast: DIEP flap Surgery 06/05/2009 Mastectomy of one or both breasts: Mastectomy of my right breast; Lymph node removal (also called dissection): Underarm (axillary) lymph node removal (also called dissection) , Lymph node removal (also called dissection) on my right side Surgery 05/04/2009 Prophylactic (also called preventive) removal of the ovaries Radiation Therapy 02/11/2010 Chemotherapy 07/05/2009 AC + T (Taxol): Adriamycin and Cytoxan, plus Taxol
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Mar 13, 2010 01:26PM mattzie wrote:

they made a special pillow to cradle my head too in just the right way and my face has to be aimed a little to the right. i think they know what they are doing and there must be good reason to have your head in just the right position each time you're radiated. or at least some of us! (my tumor was high on the breast). i am not supposed to wear a wig when i get radiated and part of the reasoning is that i have 3 wigs and they're each a different thickness. i'm completely willing to go absolutely bald if it means helping them get exactly the right spot with the zapper.

oncotype = 56, TCH 18 wks, herceptin until 2/2011 Dx 8/27/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Mar 13, 2010 05:37PM MarieK wrote:

I asked when I first started rads if I should take my wig off.  I was told I could wear it or not it was up to me. 

8/09 Left Mast 10/09 6 rnds FEC 3/10 28xRADs Tamoxifen+Zometa 9/10 300cc TE 2/11 Allergan 410FX Gummy 560cc&reduce rt breast 1/12 reduce rt again 120 cc 5/13 fat graft 6/13 3cm bone met rt femur 7/13 10xRADs 3/14 fat graft & tummy tuck Dx 7/4/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 1/5 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 09/27/2013 Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole, class: aromatase inhibitor) Hormonal Therapy 06/01/2010 Radiation Therapy 04/07/2010 Radiation Therapy 07/05/2013 Chemotherapy 10/07/2009 CEF: Cytoxan, Ellence, and fluorouracil