The Foundation sponsored the establishment of a wig library operating from a private hospital in the region. This allows women suffering hair loss due to cancer treatments to have wigs fitted. The below article includes a quote from past HBCF board member Mel Histon.
No need to wig out
Like many cancer patients, 36-year-old Melissa Histon-Browning cried when she lost her hair.
Things got worse when she had to travel to Sydney and spend upwards of $400 on a wig.
"I was sitting there in the fitting chair crying," she said.
"As a woman so much of your identity is tied up in your hair."
Female private patients like Melissa, now recovered, won’t have to go through the same situation after a wig library opened yesterday at Newcastle Private Hospital.
It includes 26 wigs for loan, thanks to the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.
"A service like this provides a safe environment for women to come and try on some wigs and feel good about themselves," Ms
The hospital also opened its new 10-bed oncology ward yesterday.
General Manager, Ian Maytom, said the ward brought together specialist staff and gave patients access to cutting-edge drug trials through the hospital’s clinical trials unit.
Article by Alison Branley appeared in the Newcastle Herald on 5 July 2011