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J Cancer Educ. 2009;24(2):94-9. doi: 10.1080/08858190802664594.

Look good feel better workshops: a "big lift" for women with cancer.

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  • 1Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) aims to help women manage appearance-related side effects of cancer and its treatment. In this pilot study, we assessed the impact of LGFB workshops on self-image, social interactions, perceived social support, and anxiety.

METHODS:

We administered scales preworkshop and postworkshop participation. We conducted semistructured telephone interviews following attendance.

RESULTS:

Statistically and qualitatively, subjects experienced significant improvement in self-image, social interaction, and anxiety. Participant anxiety decreased, but greater social support was anticipated than actually obtained.

CONCLUSIONS:

LGFB workshops increase self-image, improve social interactions, and reduce anxiety.

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