May 22, 2012 by Kendra Walker
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better® program Monday, June 18th. Guided by volunteer cosmetologists, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use make-up and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Look Good… Feel Better® is offered through a partnership of the American Cancer Society; the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation; and the National Cosmetology Association. Classes and materials are provided free of charge to women in active cancer treatment. On top of the very real physical and emotional concerns of the disease itself, the side effects of cancer treatment can be devastating to a woman’s self esteem as well. In her mirror, she sees someone she does not even recognize—tired and discolored, with thinning hair and no eyelashes. Patients who have participated in Look Good...Feel Better® call the program an emotional lifesaver, because it returns them to a sense of normalcy and allows them to smile once again at the person in the mirror. According to the American Cancer Society, there are dozens of anti-cancer drugs in use today, each with its own set of possible side effects. Possible appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation include: hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows or lashes; weight gain or loss; changes in skin pigmentation and texture; skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling; and alterations in nail texture and growth rate. The class runs from 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., and will be held in the private dining room at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Free dinner will be served. Please contact Cathy Quade, Look Good Feel Better Coordinator, for more information for this event at (704) 662-0770.