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Cancer Patients Look Good...Feel Better Through Local Program Offered at SMMC


Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite, and strength. But it doesn’t have to take away her self-confidence. Look Good...Feel Better ®, a unique American Cancer Society program, offers free, one-time beauty consultations with a licensed cosmetologist or aesthetician to women who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. The beauty professionals provide tips and practical techniques for coping with hair loss and changes in the skin that often result from chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
The American Cancer Society is partnering with Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) to offer this program to area cancer patients. The Look Good…Feel Better group sessions are scheduled for August 27, October 22, and December 17 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the River Ridge Center, 3 Brazier Lane in Kennebunk. Each participant will receive a complimentary cosmetic kit donated by the cosmetic industry. They will also learn ways to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories to conceal hair loss. Patients who have participated in Look Good…Feel Better call the program an emotional lifesaver because it returns them to a sense of normalcy and allows them to smile once again at the person in the mirror.
“Being able to look your best makes a world of difference to someone going through treatment for cancer,” said Nicole Heanssler, American Cancer Society Community Executive. “Sometimes simple changes in makeup or an attractive way of tying a head scarf can create a turnaround in a woman’s outlook and bring back her self confidence. It’s like a makeover for the spirit—and that’s a beautiful thing.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 790,000 U.S. women will develop some form of cancer this year. The good news is that, thanks to advances in medicine, the five-year relative survival rate of all cancers is 67 percent. New cancer treatments are saving more lives, but they are not without side effects. Some women experience total or partial hair loss, changes in the skin tone and texture, and weakened fingernails—and Look Good…Feel Better helps patients deal with these side effects.

To register for a Look Good…Feel Better session, or for more information about the program, contact SMHC’s Cancer Care Coordinator Peggy Belanger, RN, at 283-7320.

About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system including a medical center offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group. SMHC features one of Maine's leading Emergency Care centers as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient services at its 150-bed acute care medical center. Non-emergency care is available without an appointment seven days a week at SMHC’s Walk-In Care center in Saco. SMHC's physician services offer high quality medical care through offices located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, and Saco and a wide array of outpatient services at its diagnostic and therapy centers in Saco, Kennebunk, and Biddeford. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit

About American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, the Society fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in the community. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about the American Cancer Society or to get help, call anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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