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Fox Chase Cancer Center Celebrates Look Good . . . Feel Better's 10th Anniversary, Helping Women Undergoing Cancer Treatment

PHILADELPHIA (July 21, 1999) -- Participation remains low despite high regard for cancer support programs, according to a new national survey of oncologists and female cancer patients. As Look Good . . . Feel Better rolls into Philadelphia during its 10th anniversary 22-city tour, Fox Chase Cancer Center, the program's local host, encourages women cancer patients to sign up and get involved.

Look Good . . . Feel Better, a free national program designed to help women undergoing cancer treatment cope with appearance-related side effects of treatment, will be at Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave., Philadelphia on August 3rd and 4th.

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) Foundation, a Look Good . . .Feel Better sponsor, commissioned the national survey of 300 oncologists and 350 cancer patients, which was conducted by the polling firm Roper Starch Worldwide, Inc. Among the survey's findings:

  • Nine out of every 10 female cancer patients who participated in a support program felt it met or exceeded her expectations.
  • Eight out of 10 oncologists who had patients participate in a support program believe they are effective.

Support programs cannot just rely on physicians for increased participation. There is also a need to demonstrate the benefits of programs like Look Good . . . Feel Better to family and friends of cancer patients. According to the survey:

  • 83 percent of patients rely on a family member or friend for meeting their needs in dealing with the non-medical aspects of cancer care.
  • 73 percent rely on their physician and 64 percent rely on their physician's nurse for information about non-medical aspects of cancer care.

For ten years, Look Good . . . Feel Better has supported more than 200,000 women by helping them approach their disease and treatment plan with greater confidence. A customized traveling classroom housed in a 48-foot truck, "On the Road with Look Good... Feel Better" brings this national public service to the nation's top cancer centers.

During a two-hour session, licensed volunteer cosmetologists show cancer patients how to enhance their appearance using make-up techniques. Each woman learns to perform her make-over using complimentary cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry for use during the program and later at home. Patients also learn how to disguise hair loss using wigs, turbans, scarves and various accessories.

Look Good . . . Feel Better patient sessions are available at Fox Chase at 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Spanish speaking session) on August 3rd and at 2:30 p.m. on August 4th. To register for a patient session or for more information about Look Good . . . Feel Better, call Fox Chase Cancer Center at (215) 728-3628.

Look Good . . . Feel Better is sponsored nationally by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA).

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

For the most up-to-date cancer information, please call the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345, or visit our web site at

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 36 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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