Cancer Council Queensland is working with Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) in an effort to help more regional cancer patients face their journey with confidence.
LGFB is a national community service dedicated to helping cancer patients better cope with the physical side-effects of cancer treatment.
Cancer Council Queensland provides some funding to Look Good Feel Better so staff can visit remote locations and give equal support to all cancer patients, all over Queensland.
LGFB workshops, run by trained volunteers, teach beauty techniques to help restore appearance and self-image, offer practical advice from shaving techniques to concealing facial discolouration, and tutorials in headwear.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said all forms of support are essential in adjusting to a diagnosis of cancer – psychologically, emotionally and physically.
“As part of our work in cancer support, we host the LGFB workshops in Cancer Council offices and other locations around the state to help reduce the burden of cancer on communities,” Ms Clift said.
“Importantly, LGFB is also accessible to Queenslanders who live in remote areas, with thanks to home-delivered Confidence Kits, complete with a video tutorial.
“This is a very powerful program, and one we are proud to provide funding for, in support of Queenslanders affected by cancer.”
Since LGFB’s founding in 1990, more than 118,000 Australian patients have participated in the program, which now offers approximately 1000 workshops nationwide in more than 180 venues.
“After two hours of attending a workshop of beauty tips and shared experiences, participants leave with new social bonds and a renewed confidence,” Ms Clift said.
“LGFB is a service that complements our other support programs well, including our Cancer Counselling Service, financial and accommodation assistance, education programs, local support groups, fitness groups and more.
“With around 25,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year, we are committed to offering vital support and assisting all affected on their journey.”
Look Good Feel Better workshops are open to all women, men and teens who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation or other forms of cancer treatment.
For more information and to sign up for a workshop, visit www.lgfb.org.au or call 1800 650 960.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or www.cancerqld.org.au.
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Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland
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