Look Good Feel Better Program, Helping Women Overcome Side Effects of Cancer Treatment, Comes to Nazareth Hospital
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (October 26, 2016): Look Good Feel Better®, a free national program for women who are undergoing cancer treatment, is now available to patients with cancer at Nazareth Hospital. The first workshop will be held on Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Cancer Resource Room at Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152. To register or for more information, please call 484.800.6376 or 1.800.395.LOOK (1.800.395.5665).
Offered through a national collaboration of the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association, Look Good Feel Better® is dedicated to helping women with cancer cope with the appearance side effects of their treatment. Since 1989, the program has empowered nearly 1 million women in the United States to reclaim their sense of control, confidence and self-esteem. Look Good Feel Better offers complimentary group, individual and online beauty sessions that include lessons on dealing with temporary hair loss, skin, complexion and nail changes due to cancer treatment. The two-hour group workshop is led by volunteer beauty experts who teach makeup application techniques and offer skin and nail care guidance. They also demonstrate how to manage hair loss using wigs, turbans, scarves and accessories and show a video featuring expert advice from celebrity stylist Stacy London on styling during and after cancer treatment.
“Look Good Feel Better is as much about improving and maintaining self-esteem and confidence as it is about appearance,” says Kara Cruz, MSW, LSW, OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker at Mercy Health System. “Patients appreciate the free makeup donated by the cosmetic industry and instruction from beauty professionals while having the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, nonmedical setting with others who are in the same situation. The workshop allows them to regain control of their lives.”
On top of the very real physical and emotional concerns of the disease itself, the side effects of cancer treatment such as changes in skin tone and texture, hair loss, or weight gain or loss can be devastating to a woman’s self-esteem. She often sees someone in the mirror that she does not recognize who may look tired or may have lost her hair, but patients who have participated in Look Good Feel Better call the program an emotional lifesaver because it helps them regain a sense of normalcy.