West Suburban MC open Cancer Wig Boutique

Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center, has joined with the American Cancer Society to open a new Wig Boutique at 7411 Lake Street, River Forest. Cancer patients suffering from the effects of chemotherapy and radiation can be fitted at no cost with brand new wigs, scarves, hats and other headwear, as well as prosthesis for women who have undergone breast surgery.


The new Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center location is part of the American Cancer Society’s statewide network of free Wig Boutiques, with an additional location at the Society’s Riverside Regional Office at 7234 W. Ogden, Suite 3S, Riverside.


“Because of this wonderful partnership between Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center and the American Center Society, individuals living with cancer in our service area no longer have to worry about temporary hair loss and how they will look after they lose their hair,” says Jack Cleary, Chief Executive Officer, Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center. “The talented volunteers who staff the new Wig Boutique will help our patients, our neighbors and our friends, find the perfect new look – from wigs to scarves and more.”


Wig Boutique volunteers conduct fittings to make sure wigs and other headwear not only feel comfortable, but also match the patient’s lifestyle and personal taste. Once a wig is chosen, volunteer beauticians will cut and style the wig to suit the cancer patient, at no charge.


American Cancer Society Wig Boutiques are part of the Society’s Patient Navigation Services, a suite of comprehensive resources for any cancer related concern, including information to better understand a cancer diagnosis, emotional support from cancer care specialists and cancer survivors and practical day-to-day assistance to remove barriers to their cancer treatment plan. Services include transportation assistance to treatments, discounted lodging at hotels for patients who need to travel to receive care, insurance coverage assistance, resource matching and referrals, and cosmetic help.


“While the likelihood of beating cancer is greater than ever before, positive outcomes depend on easy and early access to a wide range of information, services and resources,” said Jacqueline Burgess-Bishop, regional vice president of the American Cancer Society. “The American Cancer society is dedicated to improving the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers through our Patient Navigation Services.”


More information on Patient Navigation Services is available at IllinoisCancerHelp.org, or at 800-227-2345.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force with more than 100,000 volunteers in Illinois and millions elsewhere, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more or get help, call us any time at 1-800-227-2345.