Wesley Healthcare January 26, 2015

Women participants receive free make-up and learn beauty techniques to

help cope with physical side effects of cancer treatment

WICHITA –Wesley Medical Center and The American Cancer Society will soon host six free Look Good…Feel Better® workshops at Wesley for area women battling cancer. The program teaches beauty techniques to female patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

“A cancer diagnosis can have a profound psychological effect, in addition to the obvious physical effects of the disease and its treatment,” said Shirley Parish, Wesley oncology clinical nurse specialist. “Not only does this program help women feel better about their appearance, it’s also an opportunity to meet and talk with other women who are going through the same experience.”

During each session, trained cosmetologists teach cancer patients how to cope with skin changes and hair loss by using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry. The free, high-quality cosmetic kits are valued at $250 each and are available in light, medium, dark and extra-dark skin tones. Women learn how to disguise hair loss with wigs, scarves and other accessories. Participants can learn how to create the impression of having eyebrows or eyelashes. Instructors also show how to take care of skin damaged by cancer treatments.

“Look Good…Feel Better® helps women realize they are not alone in their fight against cancer,” said Ann Crockett, mission delivery specialist for the American Cancer Society. “The overall goal is to reach out and serve women at a very difficult point and help them with something that’s very practical to regain some control and normalcy in their lives.”

Workshops will be held at Wesley Medical Center, 550 N. Hillside, from 6:30-8:30pm in INTRUST Room C on Feb. 2, April 6, June 8, Aug. 3, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7. Pre-registration is required by calling Wesley Guest Services at 316.962.2100.

The Look Good…Feel Better® program was developed in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and National Cosmetology Association. For more information about the program, please visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WesleyCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991 and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/fight.