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Service gives patients a head start.

CANCER patients who lose their hair can try on specially-designed hats and head scarves at a hospice in the North East.

The new volunteer-run Head to Toe and Pampering service at Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle is aimed at giving women who have undergone chemotherapy a confidence boost.

The hour-long sessions on Friday mornings are for anyone from the region who loses their hair whilst undergoing chemotherapy.

Women can try out a range of fashionable headscarves, hats and hairpieces in private or with the help of volunteers. Complementary therapies to help women unwind will also be available.

Ged Walker, day care manager at the hospice, said: "When our volunteers approached us with their idea, we were delighted to support their plan. Services like Head To Toe are a real morale boost for cancer patients when they are going through their treatment."

Sessions run from 10am to 1pm and can be booked on (0191) 219 1000.

The hospice also hopes to recruit more complementary therapists.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2011
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