“Look Good…Feel Better” helps women overcome effects of cancer treatment

Program takes place April 12 at St. Margaret’s, Spring Valley

SPRING VALLEY - On Thursday, April 12, the “Look Good…Feel Better” program will be offered to area residents at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley. This free program takes place from 1–3 p.m. and is a joint effort between the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation. The purpose is to teach beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

The session is free, but registration is requested to ensure the proper make-up kit and materials are available for each participant. To register for the program or for additional information, please contact (815) 664-1440.

Look Good…Feel Better is as much about improving and maintaining self-image and confidence as it is about appearance. Patients enjoy the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, non-medical setting with others in the same situation. And the free make-up and instruction from professionals helps them look and feel better.

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 American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. The Illinois Division has more than 120,000 volunteers and staff fighting cancer in the state.

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