How Do I Choose the Best Chemotherapy Scarves?

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Chemotherapy scarves are used during chemotherapy due to the fact that chemotherapy causes hair loss in many cancer patients. This may affect their body image during a very difficult period of time. The use of chemotherapy scarves may alleviate a little of the stress of going through chemotherapy by hiding one of its most visible side effects — hair loss.

The choice of which chemotherapy scarves to use, and how to wear them, is a very personal decision. It is advisable to choose chemotherapy scarves made of natural fabrics, such as 100% cotton, as this prevents excess perspiration. They also tend to be more comfortable when made of natural fabrics.

A major deciding factor in the fabric used to make chemotherapy scarves is the climate. In warmer climates, thin, 100% cotton may be preferred and in colder areas, thicker, warmer material may be preferred. If synthetic material is used, often a pure cotton lining is sewn together with the scarf for comfort and prevention of perspiration.

There are many sewing patterns available for making scarves that range from simple, square scarves, to more complicated ones with ties and beads. If sewing one's own chemotherapy scarves is not an option, scarves are available at most big clothing stores or through many websites on the Internet. When starting chemotherapy it is advised to stock up on a number of scarves of different fabrics for different occasions, in preparation of hair loss.


Chemotherapy, or cancer treatment, unfortunately, is associated with significant side effects in many people. Depending on the cancer being treated and the chemotherapy regimen used, these differ from person to person. They may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue and hair loss. The hair loss is usually reversible but may last throughout chemotherapy, which can go on for months.

While medication can be given to prevent or treat many of the expected side effects of chemotherapy, unfortunately there is not anything that can be administered to prevent hair loss. As newer chemotherapy drugs are developed by the pharmaceutical industry, it is hoped that the adverse side effects can be minimized. In the meantime, things like chemotherapy scarves can be worn to minimize the discomfort associated with hair loss.

The psychological effects of hair loss during chemotherapy should not be ignored. Being diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment can be a devastating process. Both the cancer sufferer and their loved ones should be encouraged to seek counseling, both individually and with support groups to allow them to go through the process as easily as possible.


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