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Cancer Care at Waverley Private Hospital 

Cancer Wellness Services

Cancer requires experienced practitioners and specialised treatment plans to create a healthy outcome and recovery.

The aim of the Ramsay Health Plus Rehab program is to help people, regardless of where they are on their cancer journey, to lead an active and fulfilling lifestyle. The program consists of a structured exercise program and education sessions from a range of health professionals.

The Look Good Feel Better Education Program is available at Waverley Private Hospital. For more information, click here.

Our onsite pharmacy provides medication counselling and advice.

Waverley Private are very pleased to be able to offer our patients access to the latest Scalp Cooling equipment.

Cool caps or scalp cooling is useful for patients receiving chemotherapy to prevent the alopecia associated with some chemotherapy drugs.

What is it?

Scalp cooling is innovative technology which involves the use of a “cold cap” that is attached to a refrigeration machine that circulates a liquid coolant into the cap. In our cancer patients, some chemotherapies used are well known to cause significant alopecia (hair loss).

The cold cap is worn for a period of time prior to chemotherapy, duration of the chemotherapy infusion and for a designated time afterwards.

How it works?

Colder temperatures are thought to induce vasoconstriction to the hair follicles. This means less delivery of chemotherapy and thus less toxin exposure to replicating hair cells.

Reduced blood flow is also thought to make the hair follicles somewhat dormant making it less likely to allow chemotherapy to have any effect on it. The most common side effects have been headaches, neck and shoulder discomfort, chills, and scalp pain. These can be minimised by wearing warm clothing and using a warm blanket while using the cool cap.

Although it may not always prevent alopecia, it can significantly reduce the volume of hair lost, and this can improve their quality of life during their chemotherapy.

Please speak to your oncologist or our friendly nursing team to see if it may be suitable for you.

Cool Caps or Scalp Cooling

For anyone who is experiencing hair loss related to their cancer treatments you may want to wear a wig or a scarf.

There are many online wig suppliers who offer a wide range of synthetic and human hair wigs for you to purchase. You can visit their shop for some suppliers can offer you a consultation in your own home. Our oncology nurses are also able to provide you with details of some of our local suppliers.

Some Health Funds under their extras cover provide a wig rebate for those experiencing medical hair loss, however they vary from fund to fund. It is best to discuss your particular claim with your Heath Fund provider. You will need to provide a doctor’s referral letter with the invoice when lodging the claim.

Cancer Council Victoria offer a free wig service. They offer an extensive range of synthetic wigs along with headscarves, beanies and cotton caps for more information please follow the link.

Some women prefer to wear a scarf or a hat while their hair is growing back, our oncology nursing team are able to provide you with a selection that have been made by our hospital volunteers.

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