News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • December 2010 - Issue 65 Coping with Cancer’s Cosmetic Side Effects
Side effects of cancer treatment can change how you look as well as how you feel. Some people go through cancer with few changes. Others may have major changes in their appearance.
Hair loss can be one of the most visible side effects of cancer treatment. Many people do not lose their hair at all. Patients with hair loss find many ways to cope. Some shave their heads, cut their hair short, or even dye their remaining hair a unique color. Some cover their heads with a scarf or wig. Others proudly keep their bald heads bare. Individual choices can create statements of personal style.
Questions About Cancer?
Te Cancer Learning Center (CLC) gives you the answers you need—in person, by phone, or by e-mail. Te CLC library has more than 3,000 books, videos, CDs, and audiobooks on a variety of cancer topics that anyone can check out free. Talk one-on-one with trained and caring staff, or send an e-mail for answers to your cancer questions.
Visit the first floor of Huntsman Cancer Institute
Cancer doesn’t have to keep you from looking beautiful for the holidays. Te Wellness Center’s Look Good...Feel Better” class teaches creative uses of cosmetics, wigs, and accessories.
Visit the Cancer Learning Center on the first floor or call the Cancer Learning Center at 1-888-424-2100 for information about where to purchase wigs and programs that provide free wigs to cancer patients.
Surgical Reconstruction and Facial Prosthetics
Sometimes cancer surgeries such as those of the breast or face change the way a patient looks. Surgical reconstruction or prosthetics can repair or minimize these changes. It’s important that the plastic surgeon or facial prosthesis maker be involved in the planning stages of the surgery. Te result? Often the plastic surgery or prosthesis goes completely unnoticed.
For more information about Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Facial Prosthetics Program, visit www.huntsmancancer.org/prosthetics
, or call the Cancer Learning Center at 1-888-424-2100.
Look Good…Feel Better
Te American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better classes help women with cancer to learn beauty and makeup techniques from a cosmetologist. Call the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center at 801-587-4585 to learn more about the Look Good…Feel Better class.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
Free for everyone
Fitness activities for current and former patients and their families
5–6 p.m. 10–11 a.m.
For more information, call the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center at 801-587-4585
Share Stories with Future Generations
YourStory helps cancer patients, their families, and the public record tales of their lives. Trained facilitators operate the equipment and help guide the recording session. The first two hours of recording are free with a small charge for additional sessions.
To make an appointment, call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585.
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