To Wig or Not to Wig?

February 20, 2019

To Wig or Not to Wig?

Some cancer patients face hair loss, also known as alopecia, as a result of cancer treatment. While this is a common side effect, losing one’s hair can still be a significant emotional challenge.

The good news is that this change in appearance usually doesn’t last forever. Most cancer patients see hair re-growth begin shortly after they are finished with treatment. Until that time, however, many people turn to head coverings such as scarves and wigs to help them cope during this transition.

Initially, the thought of wearing a wig may seem worrisome. There may be some concerns about how it will look to others, how it will feel, and how much it will cost. If you aren’t sure whether a wig is for you, continue reading this guide. 

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Essential Oils and Cancer Treatment Side Effects

December 28, 2018

Essential Oils and Cancer

11 common essential oils used in aromatherapy for managing cancer symptoms and side effects include:

  • Lavender: used to relieve stress, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, and treat depression
  • Eucalyptus: used to invigorate, reduce fever, and fight migraines and bacterial infections
  • Geranium: used to ease anxiety, reduce depression, and promote sleep
  • Tea tree (Melaleuca): can ease pain, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria.
  • Lemon: used to get relief from pain, anxiety, nausea, and vomiting
  • Chamomile: used to soothe, promote sleep, and support the immune system
  • Bergamot: used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue
  • Peppermint: used to boost energy, enhance mental alertness, fight fever, and relieve nausea and other digestion issues
  • Ginger: used to stimulate appetite and help ease nausea, vomiting, and bowel problems
  • Cedarwood: can promote relaxation and reduce stress
  • Frankincense: used to reduce inflammation and pain, boost immunity, soothe skin irritations, fight infections, and improve anxiety

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