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Published on September 14, 2015

Community Calendar: Free Program Helps Cancer Patients 'Look Good Feel Better'

COLUMBIA, Mo― Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is offering patients a free opportunity to “Look Good Feel Better” during their cancer journey. Women who are experiencing hair loss and skin changes as a result of chemotherapy or radiation treatments are invited to attend a free program to help them adjust to cosmetic changes.

“A cancer diagnosis can take not only a physical toll on a woman’s body, but also an emotional toll,” said Angela Winterbower, coordinator of outreach programs at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “At Ellis Fischel, we’re committed to healing the whole person, and the Look Good Feel Better program is just one way we’re helping cancer patients return to their lives.”

During each session, trained cosmetologists teach cancer patients how to cope with skin changes by using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetics industry. Women also will learn how to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories, and how to create the impression of having eyebrows or eyelashes.

The free program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation. Participants do not have to be patients of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The program is open to any woman currently in treatment for cancer at any facility.

The free sessions will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, One Hospital Drive, on the following dates:

  • Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
  • Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
  • Monday, Feb. 22, 2016
  • Monday, April 18, 2016
  • Monday, June 20, 2016
  • Monday, Aug. 15, 2016
  • Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

“Look Good Feel Better helps women to realize that they are not alone in their fight against cancer,” said Dana Blase, health systems manager for the American Cancer Society. “The overall goal is to reach out and serve women at a very difficult point in their lives and help them with something that’s very practical to regain some control and normalcy in their lives.”

Class size is limited to 10 participants, and pre-registration is required. To register for a session, please contact Winterbower at (573) 884-2049.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, is a certified member of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Network®. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center offers patients with all types of cancers a comprehensive health team and innovative diagnostic and treatment options.