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Next Look Good ... Feel Better program is Feb. 18

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By The Staff

On Monday, Feb. 18, the American Cancer Society will offer its Look Good ... Feel Better program to residents in Campbellsville and the surrounding areas.

Guided by volunteer cosmetologists, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use makeup and skin care techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

The class runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and will be at The Learning and Resource Center at Taylor Regional Hospital.

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 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 doesn't even recognize, someone who is 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.

To register, or for more information, call (800) ACS-2345.