Look Good…Feel Better is a free non-medical program that can be a powerful cancer treatment tool.

The program provides a free cosmetic kit and a trained volunteer beauty professional to work with cancer patients. Cancer treatments often cause skin changes and hair loss that can rob a woman of her self-confidence. In the program, the women are taught beauty techniques to help them fight the appearance-related side effects of their cancer treatments.

And sometimes, even more than the beauty tips they pick up, the women spend a couple of hours with other cancer patients in a supportive environment. As they try on wigs and test beauty techniques, the women find themselves laughing about things that only another cancer patient could understand.

Recently, Linda Nash of New Wave Salon helped five local cancer patients for an afternoon. She showed them how to apply makeup, including making their eyes stand out, and how to use wigs, scarves and accessories to cover their bald heads if they want to.

After only a short time, the group was chatting and laughing like old friends.

Look Good…Feel Better group sessions are generally offered on the second Tuesday of the month from 1-3 p.m. at Waldo County General Hospital’s education center.

Pre-registration is required. To register, or if you are a cosmetologist who would like to volunteer, call the oncology department at 930-2555.

Private consultations are also available for woman who would feel better about a one-on-one consultation rather than a group setting.

Look Good…Feel Good is co-sponsored by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association. For more information, visit: lookgoodfeelbetter.org; call 1-800-395-LOOK or call your local American Cancer Society.