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Cancer Society offers program to help patients look good, feel better

By From staff reports
Published in News on November 7, 2010 1:50 AM

The Wayne County Unit of the American Cancer Society is now offering a free program designed to help women undergoing cancer treatments with the cosmetic effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The Look Good....Feel Better program teaches women to overcome appearance-related side effects such as hair loss, changes in complexion and weakened fingernails.

Specially trained, cosmetologists facilitate the sessions and teach each woman how to enhance her appearance using make-up techniques by applying makeup using a complimentary make-up kit provided at the session. There is no charge for the sessions and the complete make-up kit is hers to take home.

The Look Good...Feel Better session will also include instruction on how to disguise hair loss using wigs, turbans scarves and accessories, as well as treating dry skin and brittle nails. The program is offered in a group session that offers information and support from professionals and other women going through the same experience.

Changes in a woman's appearance, during cancer treatment, can sometimes be as difficult as the disease itself, robbing her of not only her appearance, but her self-esteem.

The Look Good...Feel Better program helps cancer patients regain their self-confidence and deal with the emotional effects of the disease," said Christine Yancey, American Cancer Society community manager.

"The program came about because of the concept that if a women can be helped to look good, she will be able to approach her disease with more confidence."

The next session will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Wayne Memorial Hospital in the West Wing Conference Room. Registration is required and seats are limited. Interested participants should contact Christine Yancey at 252-414-7152 or call 1-800-227-2345.