Look Good Feel Better (LGFB)
Founded in 1989, LGFB is a public service program dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life for cancer patients undergoing treatment. Available in 19 countries across six continents, the program aims to teach beauty techniques that help manage the physical changes that often accompany cancer treatments, such as hair loss and skin changes.
How it Works
Certified cosmetologists and beauty experts provide free, hands-on workshops to teach techniques related to skincare, makeup, and hair styling. The aim is to help patients camouflage hair loss and other physical changes, thus boosting their self-confidence during a vulnerable period.
For additional information or to find a local program, you can visit lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
Cold Cap Therapy
In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of cold cap therapy as a method for reducing hair loss during chemotherapy.
Mechanism of Action
The caps are cooled using dry ice or stored in a biomedical freezer and worn on the head during chemotherapy sessions. The cold temperatures cause vasoconstriction, limiting the hair follicles’ absorption of chemotherapy drugs, thereby reducing hair loss.
Patients using cold caps typically experience only thinning of the hair as opposed to complete hair loss. Although the therapy isn’t universally effective for all types of chemotherapy or for all patients, it has shown promising results in numerous cases.
The Rapunzel Project
An organization dedicated to promoting the use of cold cap therapy, The Rapunzel Project, helps educate the public and healthcare providers on this option. For more information, you can visit rapunzelproject.org.
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can have a severe emotional toll, compounded by the physical side effects like hair loss. Programs like Look Good Feel Better and treatments like Cold Cap Therapy offer patients viable options to manage these side effects, thus improving their quality of life during this challenging period. It is essential for healthcare providers and cosmetologists alike to be informed about these resources to better guide their patients and clients.
Disclaimer: Always consult with your healthcare provider for a thorough understanding of your condition and treatment options.
For further information, consult your healthcare provider or visit the websites mentioned above.