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Cancer Make-Over Program Hits 25th Anniversary

Cancer treatment often takes a devastating toll on a woman's body, which can lead to depression and poorer outcomes. But a program that helps women deal with the physical changes is now celebrating its 25th year.
Cancer treatment often takes a devastating toll on a woman's body, which can lead to depression and poorer outcomes. But there is a program that helps women deal with the physical changes to their bodies.  It's called Look Good Feel Better and is now celebrating its 25th year.

Breast cancer patient Cecelia Brooks is getting a makeover.

It's part of the free, national Look Good Feel Better program.  Trained make-up artists show patients how to care for changes in their skin and hair from cancer treatment.

"They learn how to apply eyebrows because they may have lost them due to chemotherapy," explains Beverly Brevard with the American Cancer Society.  "They learn how to make eye lashes where there are no eyelashes."

Doctors say anything that helps a patient feel good can benefit her overall health.

"Even if it helps them to come and keep their appointments and stay on target with their treatments and taking the medicines anything that can help with that will definitely improve their outcome," notes Dr. Lillian Pliner, an oncologist.

The donated makeup kits contain about $300 worth of high-end cosmetics. They come in four different skin tones. Cecelia Brooks especially appreciates the moisturizer.
"That's gonna help me with the moisture of my skin 'cuz its very dry my skin now due to the radiation. is very dry."

And she says she's leaving not just with new make-up but with support from new friends. 
"I'm gonna really be swaggering. I feel really good. I really feel good."

The Look Good Feel Better program is offered through the American Cancer Society,

The Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association.

The program does not offer wigs, but it does provide guidance on how to care for and wear wigs and scarves.


(Alexis Christoforous CBS News)


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