Cancer is damaging to the body in many ways, but no one talks about the damage it does to self-esteem. Side effects of treatment, such as hair loss, skin damage, and dark circles can make it hard, especially for women, to feel beautiful. Look Good Feel Better is a free, national community service program run by the Cancer Patients Foundation. They run workshops that prepare women, men, and teens to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence.

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A recent Global Satisfaction Survey found that women who attend a Look Good Feel Better, workshop emerge feeling 93% more confident about how they look.

The program is run by a small group of staff, and there’s 1,300 trained cosmetic, beauty and hairdressing professionals, volunteering their time to deliver the workshops. With no government funding, the Cancer Patients Foundation relies on the generosity of corporate and community supporters to allow for the Look Good Feel Better service to be provided to cancer patients free-of-charge.


Emma, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, attended the Look Good Feel Better workshops where she learned how to care for her skin and scalp, remove makeup and apply it correctly. She was also advised on headwear including scarf styling and wig selection. She said:


“The workshop really prepares you for the road ahead by giving you the tools to keep you feeling confident in yourself, positive and strong – three of the biggest and most important factors needed, I believe, in fighting your cancer.”

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Every participant receives a complimentary Confidence Kit full of skincare and make-up products donated by the cosmetic industry, and an instruction booklet. Look Good Feel Better also offers Home-delivered Confidence Kits for cancer patients unable to attend workshops. To qualify for one, there’s a referral form to be filled out by the patient and a health professional. This can be found on the Look Good Feel Better website.

Right now, in Australia, more than 130,000 people have taken part in the program, with around 1,000 workshops now running yearly in 180 venues. The aim is for every Australian undergoing cancer treatment to have access to the program. Look Good Feel Better needs help to make this a reality. Visit their website to learn how you can contribute and have a lasting impact.  

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