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The Journey

Cancer treatments and their side effects may cause you to look and feel different. The Look Good Feel Better® program offers resources about caring for your nails, skin and hair at Talk to the patient educator about the best ways to protect your skin and nails if you have chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Tell your doctor if you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, irritation, or puffiness. HAIR LOSS: Not everyone loses hair during cancer treatment, but radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapy can harm cells that help hair grow, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Your hair’s texture and color could be different when it regrows. Be gentle with yourself if you experience hair loss. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from a lack of eyelashes. If your loved one loses hair, be compassionate and complimentary about their choices. Don’t say you miss their natural hair. LOCAL RESOURCES: • The Patient Resource Center — Provides free wigs, bras, hats, turbans, scarfs and breast prosthetics to cancer patients, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center, 2nd floor, 490 W. Zia Road., 505-913-3095 • APO (Advanced Prosthetics & Orthotics) — Call 505-820-2390 to schedule an appointment in Santa Fe or visit • Active Life — 505-266-1700 or for prosthetics, orthotics and compression in Albuquerque