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Look Good Feel Better! By Tiffany Svahn, MD

Oct 04, 2017 11:13AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Look Good Feel Better!

By Tiffany Svahn, MD                                       


As a breast cancer specialist, I believe it is very important to be aware of local and national organizations that can benefit my patients. Undoubtedly, one of the largest non-profit organizations for cancer survivors is the American Cancer Society. They have several programs available to help patients all over the country. One of the services they offer is a free group session for women going through cancer treatment. Many of my patients have attended this session, in which a licensed cosmetologist offers beauty techniques that help improve their self-image.


 Side effects experienced by patients going through treatment can include dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss, and changes in skin coloring. For nearly 30 years, Look Good Feel Better has provided makeup, tools, and lessons to women undergoing cancer treatment. During these sessions, a cosmetologist helps women learn to style scarves, turbans, and wigs. Women also receive a personalized make-up bag with tools that help combat the most common side effects. Attendees have an opportunity to share their personal struggles and learn that others are experiencing similar issues. The Look Good Feel Better session can lift spirits and brighten outlooks -- helping patients stay psychologically fit!


My approach to patient care involves treating the whole person. I find it important to address not only my patient's medical needs but their emotional and psychological ones as well. In addition to focusing on treatment of the disease, I urge my patients to lead a healthy life, and I am committed to helping individuals learn about the different aspects of wellness. 


With this commitment in mind, we planned this year's Many Faces of Breast Cancer event to include updates on the latest treatments for breast cancer, plus oncology nutrition, menopausal issues, and solutions. Saturday, October 28, from 10am-12pm, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. To register, please call 925-677-5041 x260.


Dr. Tiffany Svahn is a board certified medical oncologist with Diablo Valley Oncology & Hematology Medical Group. Her practice partners with the American Cancer Society to offer quarterly Look Good Feel Better classes at their Pleasant Hill cancer center. The next class is on October 23, 2017, 10am-12pm, at 400 Taylor Blvd. Suite 300, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. It is open to all cancer patients. Advanced registration is required. Please call 1-800-395-5665.