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'We are giving these women hope'

'Look Good, Feel Better' program boosts confidence

Harrington Hospital Cancer Center staff, from left, Operations Manager Jackie Calcia, Oncology Nurse Mary Levett RN, Hernatologist and Encologist Dr. Shakeeb Yunus, and Oncology Nurse Heather Staniszewski, RN. (click for larger version)
February 09, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital will hold its bi-monthly "Look Good, Feel Better" program from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, in the center's conference room.

The program, which has been offered at the hospital for nearly two years, provides information and cosmetic advice to women battling cancer. Licensed cosmetologists give hands-on instructions for make-up, skin care, nail care and gives advice on wigs, turbans and scarves. The cancer center does not charge patients for this program.

"These are all areas of difficulty that women undergoing treatment have mentioned," said Jackie Calcia, operations manager at the cancer center. "They expressed to us that they have been saddened in these areas. They often can't gather the energy to get up and going to look good before they go outside. By coming to this group, they get hands-on information and they start to understand how the journey of cancer is making them feel and how they can look better during that journey."

The American Cancer Society, the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation are the sponsors of the event. The American Cancer Society allows women to pick out a free wig when they begin cancer treatment.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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