Look Good Feel Better is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
The Look Good Feel Better group workshop is a 2-hour, hands-on workshop which includes:
- A detailed description and demonstration of the 12-step skin care and makeup program
- Instruction on options relating to hair loss, including wigs (types/care), turbans, and scarves, nail care
- Helpful suggestions on clothing and ways to use flattering colors and shapes, as well as ways to camouflage areas of concern during cancer treatment.
Look Good Feel Better group programs are open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment. In the United States alone, more than 900,000 women have participated in the program, which now offers 15,400 group workshops nationwide in more than 2,500 locations.
Thousands of volunteer beauty professionals support Look Good Feel Better. All are trained and certified by the Personal Care Products Council 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.
The Look Good Feel Better group, or LGFB, is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and hosted by NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital. Women who are currently undergoing treatment for a cancer diagnosis (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other forms of treatment) are eligible for the free workshop. Registration is required by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.
Only program participants may attend the workshop. Due to confidentiality and the comfort level of the patients, as well as space restrictions, this protocol is necessary. This ensures that the participant receives full attention to gain the skills and confidence needed for increased independence. A patient may attend more than one workshop; however, she should bring her LGFB cosmetic kit with her to the additional workshop. Patients with a recurrence of cancer and who are receiving another round of treatment may attend another workshop and receive a new cosmetic kit.