Here are two examples of how we have supported cancer patients - making a difference to their health and wellbeing.
"Cancer can set you apart from your friends, your family, your colleagues at work – I didn’t want that – especially at 32. And keeping my hair was so vitally important for my mental health and wellbeing, during treatment.”
In October 2019 Claire, a young mum of two small children began treatment for stage 3 breast cancer and during the following 10 months of aggressive treatment Claire was offered the opportunity to use one of the Trusts Paxman Scalp Coolers.
Claire said “I used to have really long blonde hair, but after my diagnosis I had my hair cut in to a bob. At one stage I even suggested shaving it off as I knew what I was going to be faced with – total hair loss.
However, I was offered the opportunity to try using the Paxman Scalp Cooler whilst receiving my treatment, and remarkably I barely lost any hair at all. 8 months, 8 rounds of chemotherapy and I kept my blond bob!
I was the first person to have cancer in my family, and my diagnosis was a complete shock, a bolt out of the blue. However the team at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, every doctor, nurse, consultant, surgeon, domestic, porter – everyone, the whole team were incredible. They were exactly what I needed them to be for me, caring, supportive, and human. To care for me, listen to me, look after me, challenge me and support me. I cannot speak highly enough of everyone.
Providing wigs for cancer patients
“I used to have long hair before I started to lose it all when receiving treatment for cancer. My self-esteem and confidence were non-existent after being diagnosed with cancer and unfortunately losing all of my hair affected me mentally and emotionally.
However, thank you to the team in the cancer centre at Calderdale Royal Hospital and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity I was provided with a high quality wig, which was truly amazing. The level of service was outstanding and all of my needs were looked after and I received a wig that that was so much like my original style and colour. The quality is outstanding.”
“I really hope for other women and men that this service makes such a difference too, as you are giving people with cancer a chance to still feel as normal as possible, supporting patients’ health and wellbeing while going through treatment and after treatment.” Tracey Thackery, patient
Helen Jones, Macmillan Information Centre Manager, at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust said “It makes me feel really proud that the Charity see funding wigs for cancer patients as a priority, I get to see first-hand the difference a high quality wig makes to a patient, in helping increase the patient’s confidence, body image and wellbeing. Thank you to everyone for their continued support in helping to make a difference.”