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Cancer and your appearance

Going through cancer treatment can often bring with it changes in your body and appearance. We know this can be an unsettling time but we’re here to help you through this time of change.

Worried about hair loss?

For those who experience hair loss during cancer treatment, it can be an unsettling time. Whilst some decide not to wear headwear, others choose to wear a hat, headscarf, wig or turban. That’s where Big C comes in. We can help you work through the many options and choices available to you.

Look Good Feel Better

Look Good Feel Better is a charity that runs workshops across the UK helping men and women cope with the physical and emotional side effects of cancer treatment, through skincare and make-up workshops.

Two ladies applying make up together

Cancer and body image

Appearance is often a key part of our identity and if your appearance changes it can affect you in many ways.

Depending on your cancer and the surgery or treatments you need your appearance or view of your appearance can change. 

A lady at a wig fitting appointment, holding a blond wig

Changes to your appearance

Some of these changes can include…


This can either be a change in weight gain or loss


Scars of alterations to your physique following surgery


You may experience speech difficulties


Having lower confidence or self esteem


Learning to live with a stoma

Hair & skin

Changes to your hair and skin, including hair loss

We’re here to help. You can book support in the following ways:


Call us on 0800 092 7640 to chat to our support team, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (excluding bank holidays).


Email us on letting us know what support you need.

Speak to your GP

Have a chat with your GP or healthcare team, who will be able to get in touch with us on your behalf.

“Whatever your concerns, Big C will always do its best to help, by finding the answers to the questions most important to you, and trying to find the right support services, individual to your needs.”



At our centres across the region, we offer support to anyone affected by cancer.

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We are a local, people-first charity providing outstanding cancer support.


We fund vital, world-class research to help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

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