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Program at NHRMC helps chemo patients 'Look Good, Feel Better'

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Any female cancer patient who is going through chemotherapy or radiation is welcome to attend one of the Look Good, Feel Better sessions. Any female cancer patient who is going through chemotherapy or radiation is welcome to attend one of the Look Good, Feel Better sessions.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Most women who have undergone chemotherapy or radiation will tell you it doesn't feel good. Unfortunately, they often also feel like they don't look good, but there's a program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center that aims to change that self perspective.

"I'd look in the mirror and I didn't look like myself, certainly didn't feel like myself, and I just really needed a little bit of resemblance of myself," said Angie Smock who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Smock said she heard about the hospital's program, "Look Good, Feel Better," just in time.

Any female cancer patient who is going through chemotherapy or radiation is welcome to attend one of the Look Good, Feel Better sessions. They offer more than moral support – they help patients regain their looks lost from chemo and radiation.

According to Rachel Urban with the American Cancer Society, patients learn how to put on a wig and take care of their skin.

"We have trained cosmetologists who are qualified to lead the sessions so they get accurate information," Urban explained.

Each participant is given a goody bag full of cleanser, moisturizer and makeup that will make them look good and feel better.

"I really would go to chemo as they say with my lipstick on and a sassy attitude, because I felt sassy because of what I learned," Smock said.

Use this time to call a friend and remind them to do that important self breast exam. Men can do it too, since men also get breast cancer.

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The Pink Packs are sponsored by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Enclosed are illustrations that show you how to do the exam. Click here to learn how to have one sent to you in the mail and for more about the program: http://bit.ly/1gVfkVa.

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