Wig Library

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
Histon-Browning said.

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