Cancer patients: Look Good … Feel Better'
By By Steve Gillespie / staff writer
Oct. 3, 2002
Cancer patients can be dismayed when life-saving treatments damage their appearance hair loss, weight loss and changes in complexion or skin texture.
The American Cancer Society's "Look Good … Feel Better" program teaches women how to enhance their appearance and self-image so they can focus on fighting their disease.
A Look Good … Feel Better program is scheduled for Monday, from noon until 3 p.m., at the Jeff Anderson Regional Cancer Center.
Brenda Compton, office manager, said the program's effects are more than skin-deep.
Volunteer cosmetologists are trained to help patients deal with the physical side effects of cancer treatments. Along with changes in a patient's physical condition, chemotherapy and radiation treatment can cause an increased susceptibility to infection and volunteers address ways to promote exceptionally good hygiene as well.
Myrna DeBruyne, of the American Cancer Society in Lauderdale County, said the supportive group environment is also beneficial.
Leisa Lide, a Look Good … Feel Better trainer, said the connection among patients going through the same things can be invaluable.
Look Good … Feel Better is a free, non-medical program offered by the American Cancer Society in partnership with the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation, and the National Cosmetology Association. No product endorsements are made during the programs and participants are not asked to buy anything.