Doctor's Notes

Breast Cancer Support Group – Look Good Feel Better Session

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In October, the Health Center held a special Look Good Feel Better session during its monthly breast cancer support group. The breast cancer support group is a culturally sensitive and language appropriate cancer support group that supports Chinese American women who have been diagnosed with or are survivors of breast cancer. This much needed service provides ongoing emotional support, and resources on breast cancer treatment and support services.

During this support group meeting, members participated in a group beauty session hosted by Look Good Feel Better (LGFB). LGFB is a public service program that teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Volunteer cosmetologists gave makeup tutorials and demonstrations of wig fittings and headscarves to the support group members. Staff from the Health Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS) provided interpretation in both Cantonese and Mandarin for members. Laughter and chatter were heard throughout the session and the activity seemed to lift the spirits of the women, especially for three women who attended the group for the first time. One woman noted that she made new friends through the session and gained a support system—and they looked forward to attending future support groups together.

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Participants were provided with makeup kits to use and several women mentioned they will continue practicing at home. Participants, volunteers, and staff all thoroughly enjoyed the session. A special thanks to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, ACS, and the Professional Beauty Association who partner together to support the LGFB program, and to Komen Greater NYC for supporting a culturally sensitive cancer prevention and support program for Chinese American women in the community. If you would like to learn more about our breast cancer screening and support services, email Esther Kim at Ekim@cbwchc.org.

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Author: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is a nonprofit and federally qualified health center, established in 1971. Our mission is to eliminate disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. Our vision is to strive to be a Center for Excellence by being a leader in providing quality, culturally relevant, and affordable health care and education, and advocacy on behalf of the health and social needs of the medically underserved with a focus on Asian Americans. We believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. Learn more at www.cbwchc.org.

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