A cancer diagnosis and its ensuing treatments take a toll not only on a patient’s physical well-being but on their emotional well-being as well. Programs that help to improve physical appearance can also help bolster spirits. We’ve compiled a list of these programs below. Please let us know of any others so we can keep this information as current as possible.
Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs, accessories, and styling. Thousands of volunteer beauty professionals support Look Good Feel Better. All are trained and certified by the Look Good Feel Better Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Professional Beauty Association at local, statewide, and national workshops. Other volunteer health care professionals and individuals also give their time to the program, which is open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment.
The Pink’d Beauty Program helps survivors feel beautiful again. This program provides assistance with products that are often not covered by insurance including wigs, radiation and surgical kits, lymphedema products, surgical camisoles, post-mastectomy bras and breast forms. The Pink’d Renewal Program reminds women and men they are more than a survivor. With emotional and physical well-being assistance, survivors can choose to thrive and live their best life ever. Support includes financial assistance for counseling sessions, a survivor renewal retreat, survivor outreach and wellness programs.
EBeauty is a national non-profit organization that supports woman undergoing treatment for cancer. This organization works to improve the quality of life of women undergoing chemotherapy treatments through the implementation of its Wig Exchange Program and through awareness building events. EBeauty’s primary goal is to provide all women, regardless of economic status, access to wigs in order to restore their self-image and confidence during cancer treatments.
As part of its national Sephora Stands program, Sephora Brave Beauty offers makeup lessons to cancer patients at its participating stores.
This local program is a resource for breast cancer survivors who have undergone a lumpectomy, mastectomy, or bilateral mastectomy and are in need of mastectomy supplies. The program is a reincarnation of the American Cancer Society’s prosthesis program. In 2017, the Lincoln Breast Cancer Alliance formed a unique partnership with One More Time, an upscale resale shop at 1725 Van Dorn, to provide the service. The store is open weekends and some evenings to help accommodate the needs of all women. For more information, click on the link above.