LEWISTON – A Look Good … Feel Better program began at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center at the beginning of the year. The program will run on the second Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon on the C-4 Unit.

Through Look Good … Feel Better, a free, national cancer support program, volunteers teach cosmetic techniques to more than 35,000 women each year, providing information on how to overcome the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

Since 1989, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association, has sought to improve the quality of life of more than 370,000 cancer survivors by helping them approach their disease and treatment plan with greater confidence.

Look Good … Feel Better was created from the concept that if someone with cancer can be helped to look good, their improved self-esteem will help them to approach their disease and treatment with greater confidence.

The program, which began in two locations, Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, has grown, offering sessions in hospitals, comprehensive cancer centers and cancer society offices in every state.

“The program is not about medical procedures. Instead, we are giving women the tools they need to take control of the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment and feel better about themselves,” said Carolyn Deaver, vice president of the foundation and the program.

For more information about the program at St. Mary’s, call 777-4423, contact the American Cancer Society or visit the Web site at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

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