Friday, April 9, 2010

Look Good .... Feel Better

I sat in on a group from this great organization yesterday. It's so important for a patient going through cancer treatment to feel they have some power over their appearance.

Below is a description from their website of these group programs. I know they have them at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (where I work) and at New York Hospital. They are also in many other places around the city and around the world. Feel free to recommend a patient to the LGFB website to connect - it might make a huge difference during her treatment!

Group Programs
Each two-hour, hands-on workshop includes a 12-step skin care/make-up application lesson, demonstration of options for dealing with hair loss, and nail care techniques. Held at comprehensive care clinics, hospitals, ACS offices, and community centers, local group programs are organized by the American Cancer Society, facilitated by LGFB-certified cosmetologists, and aided by general volunteers. Patients in various stages of treatment receive make-over tips and personal attention from professionals trained to meet their needs. They also use and take home complimentary cosmetic kits in their appropriate skin tones (light, medium, dark, extra dark) with helpful instruction booklets. Professional advice is provided on wigs, scarves and accessories. (Teen sessions also include social and health tips.) More than 50,000 individuals participate each year in small groups of five to ten, offering each patient a supportive circle, as well. Group programs represent the highest level of expertise available (the “gold standard”) in LGFB services. See Before/After for more information. Or find a local group program now.

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