Patients & Families
Patients and Families
Body Image
The type of cancer you have and the cancer treatment you receive can affect your appearance. For example, a common side effect of chemotherapy is hair loss, and a common side effect of radiotherapy is skin change. Talk to your healthcare team about caring for your skin during and after your treatment.

Many cancer patients choose to wear a head scarf or wig to deal with hair loss. The Canadian Cancer Society can help you find a head scarf or wig supplier in your community, call 1-888-939-3333 or visit  

Some cancers (such as, head and neck, or breast) and treatments (such as, invasive surgery) lead to permanent change in your body that affect your appearance. If you are having difficulty with appearance and body image, talk to your health care team. They will refer you to a health care professional who can help you cope with the change.

The Look Good Feel Better program offers workshops across Nova Scotia to help women manage the effects that cancer and its treatment have on their appearance. To find a workshop in your community visit Look Good Feel Better.

The Sunshine Room is a comfortable, supportive area where people undergoing cancer treatments are offered Complementary Therapies such as, Massage Therapy, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch and Reflexology. Head scarves are also available.