Look Good Feel Better Support Program at Port Huron Hospital

Women’s Wellness Place teams with American Cancer Society to help cancer patients look good and feel better

Look Good, Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product neutral program that teaches techniques to people undergoing cancer treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. It is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, Personal Care Products Council and the Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association.

Look Good, Feel Better sessions

  • Held from 6 to 8 p.m., the fourth Thursday of each month at 1320 Washington Ave., Port Huron, MI 48060 (55 Plus Office). Registration is through the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345.
  • If you have questions you may call the cancer outreach nurse at (810) 989-3121 - option 3.
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Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation often are affected by a number of side-effects. This can be a rough time for them, both physically and emotionally. Look Good, Feel Better is a program the American Cancer Society offers through Port Huron Hospital. It gives women a much needed boost at a time when they may be emotionally drained. "It’s a night of make-over magic that works wonders," says program coordinator Kelly DiNardo, RN, Port Huron Hospital Cancer Education and Outreach nurse.

Specially trained cosmetology professionals teach the women in the program how to disguise the side-effects, which often include changes in skin complexion and hair loss. "Nearly all of the appearance-related side-effects of treatment are temporary, but they can be very disturbing," says Kelly.  "We hope that by helping people improve the way they look, we can also help them feel better. The women we see in the beginning of the evening are much different from the enthusiastic, empowered women who leave at the end."

"I encourage women on this journey to participate in this program," says Ellen Hoover, who experienced the Look Good, Feel Better program while on chemotherapy for breast cancer. "When you get the diagnosis, you don’t know what’s going to happen or how it is going to affect how you look," says Ellen. "At first I didn’t think I wanted to do anything, but this program really does help you accept things. It made me realize I wasn’t alone. It really did make me feel better.

"It’s time well spent in the healing process," says Kelly. "It brings the patient’s care full circle with the mind, body, spirit connection."