Every year, thousands of Suffolk County women face the fear and stress of cancer treatment. Hair loss can add an extra measure of burden and discomfort to their life-threatening experience. One study revealed that nearly 60 percent of women consider hair loss the most dreaded side effect they face when undergoing chemotherapy. To help address the problem, Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Grossman Imaging Center is partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide free head coverings along with emotional support for women facing hair loss from cancer treatment.
The American Cancer Society's Free Wig Program offers free wigs, hats, turbans and other head coverings to women who are facing cancer-related hair loss. As a service to Suffolk County residents, the program has been implemented at the Grossman Imaging Center, which is located at the Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care, 496 County Road 111, Building F, in Manorville.
“Women fighting cancer deserve all the support we can give them,” said Andrew J. Mitchell, President and CEO of Peconic Bay Medical Center. “We are proud to be able to partner with the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County to make this happen.”
The American Cancer Society provides wig clinics and custom fittings at locations throughout the nation. In 2016, the American Cancer Society provided 2,271 wigs to patients in New York alone.
“This is a real benefit to women fighting cancer, and we hope everyone who hears about it spreads the word,” said Maureen O’Connor, Director of the Cancer Services Program. “Natural hair wigs can cost thousands of dollars, and they’re often not covered by insurance. These wigs and turbans can do a lot to boost a woman’s self-image and help restore their spirit.”
For more information about the Free Wig Program at the Grossman Imaging Center, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.
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About Peconic Bay Medical Center
Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs along with state-of-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit PBMCHealth.org.