The not-so-nice side effects of cancer treatments can do a number on how a woman feels when she looks in the mirror, but free help is on the way.
On two evenings coming up soon, licensed beauty experts will provide wig, skin and nail care assistance to women going through cancer treatments as part of the American Cancer Society's Look Good Feel Better program.
Women can sign up to attend in Danville or Champaign.
The Danville program will be held from 5-7 p.m. March 3 at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Cancer Center, 806 N. Logan Ave.
The Champaign session will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 7 at Christie Clinic, 1801 W. Windsor Road.
Appearance-related side effects linked to cancer treatments can include hair loss on the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes, weight gain or loss, changes in skin pigmentation and texture, skin oiliness, itchiness or peeling and changes in nail texture and growth rate, according to the cancer society.
Much of what cancer patients go through has to do with what's going on inside their bodies, says Claire Sharp, mission delivery specialist with the cancer society office in Peoria. At Look Good Feel Better sessions, licensed beauty professionals teach women how to cope with the appearance treatment side effects with tips on skin and nail care, how to deal with hair loss using wigs and scarves, and make-up lessons.
"It gives them confidence. It gives them a boost in their appearance as they're going through their treatments," Sharp said.
All participants receive a free tote of skin and make-up products to take home, she said.
Providing the program along with the cancer society are the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation.
While it's all free to women cancer patients, registration is requested to make sure there will be the proper make-up kits and materials available for the participants.
To register, contact the American Cancer Society at 309-688-3480 or 1-800-227-2345.