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Top Off Your Outfit With Free Caps During Breast Cancer Treatment


Updated August 31, 2010

Chemo Cap, Knitted Chemo Cap

Knitted Chemo Cap

Photo © Pam Stephan

Chemo Caps For Your Comfort:

Caps are great alternatives to wigs and scarves, when your head is bare. The right cap fits your head very snugly, like a headband, providing warmth, comfort, color, and cover during chemotherapy. Caps won't blow off - as hats may do on a windy day. Most caps are not expensive, but if you love free stuff and you need some caps during chemo for breast cancer, then free caps are even better! Here are some ideas for very inexpensive or free caps for you.

Check For Caps At Your Clinic And Hospital:

Most clinics and hospitals have a collection of free chemo caps and scarves on hand for patients. Ask your infusion nurses or clinic social worker where you can find free caps. At the clinics where I had chemotherapy, the nurses usually had a box full of donated caps and other headgear. You can dip into the box and find some wonderful free caps.

Look Good Feel Better Has Free Caps:

The American Cancer Society has a free program called Look Good Feel Better. This service is for people taking chemotherapy or radiation treatments, and is staffed by volunteer cosmetologists. Both men and women can find sleep caps, free hats and help with skin that is dry from cancer treatment at a Look Good Feel Better Workshop. Women can find free wigs, caps and makeup at a LGFB meeting. To find a Look Good Feel Better Workshop near you, visit their website or call their toll-free number, 1-800-395-LOOK (1-800-395-5665).

Head For A Support Group:

Have you tried a breast cancer support group? I was given two sleep caps at my first visit to a support group! In addition to patient assistance, information, exercise class, and encouragement from other survivors, support groups often have free caps for patients. Sewing and knitting circles in your local community may create and donate chemo caps, sleep caps, and turbans to cancer support groups. Look around for a Gilda's Club, a Wellness Community, or Breast Cancer Resource Center and ask about their services. You may start out by getting a free cap – but come away with lots more support for your journey.

Shop Like A Secondhand Sue:

Call it what you like – vintage, resale, or secondhand – these are the stores that you need to visit for inexpensive caps. For a modest price, you can purchase colorful caps, snoods, ball caps, turbans, watch caps, beanies and berets. If you like to dress in eclectic style to express your originality, you may find just the right cap or bonnet at a nearby Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Oxfam Store. Your purchase may help create jobs, overcome poverty or alleviate suffering for others. That's a pretty good deal for an inexpensive cap.

Hook, Yarn, and Needle:

Crafty people have a secret - they stalk the sale bins at yarn shops, so they never pay full price! If you are crafty or have a talented friend, you can crochet or knit a cap from just a skein of yarn. Find a ball of soft yarn about 1.75 oz (91m) for $5 or less, and invest a little time creating a unique cap. Scope out the bargain shelves for the $1 yarns, or look for yarn at garage or yard sales. The same principle applies to fabrics - a soft fleece cap can be made with less than a yard of fabric that you find marked down in the scrap box. If you make more caps that you can wear, remember to donate them.
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