Guided by volunteer cosmetologists, patients who participate in the class will learn how to use make-up and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

The class will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Cancer Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital. The classes are offered free-of-charge. To pre-register, or for additional information, please contact the Cancer Resource Center by calling 252-449-7350.

“Look Good…Feel Better is as much about improving and maintaining self-image and confidence as it is about appearance,” said Betse Kelly, MSW, Coordinator of the Cancer Resource Center at The Outer Banks Hospital. “Patients enjoy the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, non-medical setting and share a morning of laughter and camaraderie with other women who are dealing with some of the same issues. And the free make-up and instruction from professionals helps them look and feel better,” added Kelly.

Look Good…Feel Better is offered through collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the National Cosmetology Association. The classes and a cosmetic bag full of beauty products and cosmetics are provided free of charge to women in active cancer treatment. A portion of class time is also devoted to learning about wigs and scarf-tying techniques as possible options for managing hair loss.

On top of the very real physical and emotional concerns that are a part of a woman’s cancer journey, the side effects of cancer treatment can be devastating to a woman’s self esteem as well. In her mirror she sees someone she may have difficulty recognizing—tired and 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. One patient remarked, “Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed the class. I learned a lot, met lots of great women, made some friends and I am loving the make-up I took home with me!”

According to the American Cancer Society, there are a number 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.

Photo note: Participants from a recent Look Good…Feel Better program, held in The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center, enjoyed a morning of laughter and camaraderie as they learned how to use make-up and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation from volunteer cosmetologists. In this photo, Tammy Scarborough owner and stylist at Style D’Vita assists a participant trying on a new look.

ABOUT THE CANCER RESOURCE CENTER
The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is dedicated to helping patients with cancer better understand their diagnosis and treatment and cope with the disease. The Center, which was created with funds generated by The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, offers a variety of services to help people dealing with cancer. This includes education, counseling, and helping patients connect with others sharing the same experience. All services of the Cancer Resource Center are provided at no cost. The Center is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to The Outer Banks Hospital and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, please call 252.449.7350, or email CancerInfo@theobh.com.