February 5, 2010

Breast cancer focus of seminar series

Breast cancer focus of seminar series

Vanderbilt Breast Center has launched monthly seminars to help women who are going through cancer treatment cope with the physical changes caused by chemotherapy or radiation.

The American Cancer Society-sponsored “Look Good…Feel Better” classes are offered at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. The next free seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a light lunch.

The theme is “Life is sweet,” and participants will be treated to an assortment of cakes and desserts.

“These classes are an amazing gift to women undergoing chemotherapy or who have just finished their treatments,” said Heather Satterfield, Breast Center program coordinator.

“It is hard enough for women to undergo breast surgery and then they are faced with losing their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, and having problems with their fingernails and complexion. These seminars let them reclaim their sense of femininity.”

During the two-hour class, participants learn how to draw their own eyebrows and apply makeup to give an impression of eyelashes. They receive tips on dealing with dry skin caused by radiation and chemotherapy. They also learn how to cover their heads and stay warm in stylish and inexpensive ways.

Each woman is given a free goody bag filled with brand-name cosmetics and other products valued at $300. Seating is limited.

For more information and to sign up, call 322-7563 or contact heather.r.lagore@vanderbilt.edu.