The Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society wants to let people know it’s more than a fundraising organization. While programs like the “relay for Life” and the society’s Daffodil Days are popular events, the Iowa chapter’s Susan Francis says another example is a series of programs being offered in Dubuque. Aimed at cosmetologists, the “Look Good, Feel Better” program teaches how a patient can downplay the side-effects of chemotherapy. It’s a big issue when you’re looking at the appearance-related side effects of a woman who’s lost a breast or her hair and suffers skin discoloration from chemo treatments but wants to look good going out in public. Francis says similar services are offered in other communities as well.Anyone diagnosed with the disease or touched by cancer can call 800-ACS-2345 to talk with a “navigator,” the gatekeeper who can explain all the programs and services the society has to offer. There’s a Thursday program at Dubuque’s Finely hospital on traditional and contemporary pain-control techniques, and on Saturday June 28th, breast-cancer survivors will offer a support program for newly-diagnosed patients. You can also check out the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org .
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