Breast prostheses, wigs, and hair loss advice

Wigs and breast prostheses are offered to inpatients and outpatients, and you can be seen at any stage during or after your treatment.

Both the wigs and breast prostheses services are provided by an external supplier. A team at The Royal Marsden will help you with referral to the service.

External breast prostheses

You can get help with fitting and ordering an external breast prosthesis if you have had a mastectomy or other breast surgery. There is no charge for NHS patients. The full procedure will be explained to you before your appointment.

Wigs

The wig fitting team will help you to choose and order a wig if you have hair loss related to your cancer treatment.

It is much easier to match for style and colour when you still have your natural hair. At your appointment you will be able to view pictures of a range of acrylic wigs, colour swatches and examples of wigs. You will also be given advice on how to care for your wig and any special products you may need for this.

Prescription charges for wigs

There is a prescription charge for wigs, set by the Department of Health, which you will have to pay unless you meet the criteria on the list of exemptions. You can get advice about the cost of wigs when you are contacted to make an appointment.

How do I get an appointment?

Appointments for both services can be offered in various locations and you may chose to book an appointment at the most convenient one for you.

You can contact the therapies reception team directly for an appointment or ask a member of your clinical team to refer you.

Chelsea and Sutton: 020 7808 2759