Roches, Experts in Cancer Care
At Roches we are experts in cancer care and we want to assist you through all the appearance related changes that cancer treatment brings. We understand the importance of this, from our own personal and professional experience. From hair loss to sparse brows, from dry skin to peeling nails, we’ve been there and have sourced the best products to treat and disguise.
Breast surgery can affect not only your shape, but also your self image and confidence. Whether you’ve had a lumpectomy, a mastectomy or reconstruction, we can restore your shape and your confidence so you can swim, exercise, wear figure hugging clothes and carry on with life.
Our greatest compliment is to hear a client say ‘I look like myself & I feel like myself once again’.
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Wigs for Cancer Patients
We want to help you choose a wig that looks natural and feels comfortable. Whether it’s mimicking your own hair exactly so the wig is undetectable, or going for a completely new look, we have 1000 wigs in our site and salon to choose from.
Human hair, fibre, heat resistant, monofilament, the list goes on and the choices are endless. In the privacy of our fitting rooms, we’ll try on lots of wigs and explain everything, including the process of losing your hair, wearing and caring for your wig, and the joy of seeing your new hair peaking through your wig. We offer complementary head shave and complementary first trim of new hair following treatment. We’ll even do your first hair colour (organic) in our private colour room if you wish.
Breast surgery affects not only our shape but also our confidence and self-image. Our breast cancer care team are qualified and experienced, some have even had breast cancer themselves. They truly understand your concerns.
Fittings take place in our private consultation rooms, 6-8 weeks following breast surgery. It’s so important to be measured properly for your breast form and the bras that hold the form comfortably and securely in place. This is the key to comfort and confidence.
We have a huge selection of bras and prostheses to suit all shapes, sizes, surgery types and most importantly personal taste and style. We are constantly updating our ranges with your comfort and confidence in mind and trial everything on ourselves first.
You may be entitled to claim from the HSE for your breast care products each year, check our financial allowances section for more information.
Hats for Cancer Hair Loss
Hats & headwear are great ways to add colour and variety to your appearance. We stock a wide range in a host of colours and styles. A hat, bandana, turban or scarf is a quick and easy way to change your look.
Many of the hats we stock have no seams, are created using bamboo fabric for comfort and temperature regulation, and of course they are stylish and colourful.
Our headwear pieces fit securely and can provide a full head cover. Our stylish range can provide an ideal change from wearing your wig and can be teamed with ‘add on’ hair pieces such as a small fringe piece or band of hair to transform your looks while still looking like you have hair beneath.
Brows, Nails and Skin
Chemotherapy and radiation treatment are great at blasting away cancer cells but they can cause our brows & lashes to thin, and nails & skin to become dry and sensitive.
At Roches, we are specialists in cancer care. We’re committed to bringing you the very best in natural chemical free body care and cosmetics suitable for use while undergoing treatment for cancer. We have a full range of skincare products to relieve the problems commonly associated with cancer treatment.
Glow from head to toe with chemical free nail varnish, organic tan and cancer safe skincare ranges made with essential oils and plant extracts that hydrate and nourish your skin.
Oncology Massage & Facials
Indulge in a luxurious oncology massage featuring Jennifer Young’s organic, chemical-free skincare products and oils created specifically for cancer patients and those with a history of cancer.
An oncology massage can provide cancer patients with several advantages. Firstly, it helps reduce pain and discomfort commonly associated with cancer treatments. By addressing muscle tension, joint stiffness, and pain, massage therapy offers relief and improves the overall well-being of patients. Moreover, it promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety, which can be especially beneficial for managing the emotional and psychological impact of cancer.
Additionally, gentle massage techniques enhance circulation and lymphatic flow, facilitating the removal of toxins and waste products from the body. This boost to the immune system may enhance the body’s ability to fight infections and illness.
Post Treatment Hair Care
We understand the challenges you may face with thin, difficult-to-manage, or grey hair, as well as a sensitive scalp after undergoing cancer treatment. That’s why we have created a private salon room where you can feel comfortable and supported.
Our experienced team specialise in providing treatments for sensitive scalps, promoting hair growth, and addressing damaged hair.
After a six-month recovery period following chemotherapy, you can explore our range of biodynamic organic hair colours. These products are formulated with natural ingredients, minimizing the risk of scalp irritation while delivering beautiful, long-lasting colour. Our team will guide you in selecting the perfect shade that suits your style and preferences.
At Roches, we understand the importance of privacy and sensitivity during this time. Our private salon room provides a peaceful environment where you can relax and feel supported throughout your visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Although we have over a 1000 wigs in stock at all times, sometimes we may need to order specially for you or order a custom made piece.
To minimize stress, earlier is always better as it will allow time for orders to arrive before the natural hair begins to fall.
Coming to Roches before your hair begin to fall also helps us to determine the best style, colour and density wig to match your natural hair.
However, if your hair has already began to fall that is ok. We can work from photographs too.
Under €300: Our affordable range are made from quality synthetic hair fibre with machine wefted bases.
€300-€500: High quality fibre wigs on a range of bases from machine wefted to hand tied, lace and monofilament. The base construction of the wig and the fibre quality is what determines price difference along with length of hair.
€650-€1000: Heat Resistant Fibre, our favourites. The best of fibre hair and human hair rolled into one beautiful low maintenance wig that behaves and looks like human hair but has a style memory so will bounce back into place when washed. Price includes cutting.
€800-€2000: Human hair with different bases and lengths. Prices include cutting and styling. These wigs look great but do require maintenance.
Yes, we always encourage you to bring a supportive friend who is interested in your appearance so that they will be honest yet positive and encouraging.
It is important to feel comfortable and confident when wearing a wig or mastectomy wear. While we help with this, you can’t beat a friend or spouse commenting that you look exactly like yourself.
You will be welcomed into our bright, welcoming reception area. At the reception you will be checked in and asked if you might like to use your medical card, PRSI, or health insurance. If you select one of these we will advise you on the requirements and we will complete all the paperwork for you.
You and your friends/family will be brought to your private consultation room where you can relax and begin to find your perfect pieces. First thing is to find out is when your treatment is starting or has finished and what you are looking for.
We select wigs or breast care products based on your explaination and your measurements or requirements.
During a wig consultation we talk you through the pros and cons of each wig in terms of hair type, cap construction and maintainance. We narrow down options and spend as much time as needed until you are sure of your choice. It is quite an interactive process.
We can cut and style it if necessary and explain how put the wig on correctly.
We also discuss some hat options, can give advice on eyebrows & skin care, in addition to discussing what to do when the hair starts falling and explain you can come back in for a cut or shave free of charge.
During a breast care consultation your scar site will be checked as the surface and remaining tissue density can determine the most suitable breast prostheses.
You will be invited to browse the display for bras you may like or you can explain your preferred style and we can find you some options from our stock room.
We will measure you for your breast prostheses and bras while also explaining the product features you should consider. For example, adaptable prostheses for staged reconstruction or wide strap bras for additional support and to alleviate pressure on the shoulders.
It is a very interactive session and we try to answer any questions and allay fears.