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Look Good Feel Better

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Look Good Feel Better is a free national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by treatment for any type of cancer.

Women, men and teens participate in practical workshop demonstrations covering skincare techniques to address common side-effects like dryness and sun sensitivity; makeup tips to help correct and conceal redness, sallowness, pigmentation and dark circles as well as techniques for drawing on eyebrows; and advice on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection.

Each participant receives a complimentary Confidence Kit full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry, and an instruction booklet to use as tools for application throughout the workshop and for continued use in their own homes. Participants also benefit from the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. During the workshops, friendships and additional support networks are formed that can be invaluable during diagnosis and treatment.

Over the next twelve months close to 900 workshops will be held in 180 venues across Australia, with the ability to support over 11,000 people undergoing cancer treatment. The program is managed by a small team of team of staff and relies on the support of 1,300 trained cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help deliver the workshops across the country.

With no government funding, the Cancer Patients Foundation relies heavily on the generosity of corporate and community supporters to allow for the Look Good Feel Better program to be provided to cancer patients free-of-charge.

Latest Updates

25 Additional Workshops Across Australia

The Dry July Foundation was pleased to award a grant to the Cancer Patients Foundation and Look Good Feel Better in 2015. 

The funds are being used to offer 5 additional Look Good Feel Better Workshops in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, particularly in regional areas.

Past workshop participants have said of the program:

“As I face the imminent loss of my hair, for most of my life worn long and, so, such a visible and intrinsic part of my femininity, I now feel I can literally ‘put on my happy face’ for the world. So armed, rather than be an object of pity (no hair, cancer victim, poor thing, so sad) with my new make-up, stylish wig and other glamorous head accessories, I can instead visually and powerfully proclaim my warrior stance in my battle against this most insidious disease.”

Catherine, LGFB participant

“I went with trepidation but my doctor said ‘it would be right mate’ and it was… It is sometimes hard for us chaps to speak about our personal needs but you made it practical and common sense.” 

Jeremy, LGFB participant


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