Hospital support group offers cosmetic help to cancer patients


March 01, 2000|By Donna Koros Stramella | Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NORTH ARUNDEL Hospital officials realize that treating the whole patient is critical to a successful outcome. So while they were boosting the clinical services for women diagnosed with cancer, they decided to advance the support side as well.

Beginning Monday, the hospital will participate in "Look Good Feel Better," an American Cancer Society effort. The program helps women who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. Participants receive free professional help to cosmetically improve the appearance-related side effects of their treatments, which include hair loss and skin problems.

In a support-group atmosphere, licensed cosmetologists teach techniques in makeup application and encourage women to experiment with wigs and turban styles.

Although the American Cancer Society has been offering the program for some time, the program is new to North Arundel.

"We started enhancing our services for women -- mostly cancer-related," spokeswoman Beth Cavanaugh explained. "In conjunction with the new clinical services that we were offering, we starting looking at support groups."

The sessions will take place at the hospital from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the American Cancer Society at 410-721-4304 or 410-793-3989.

Stories at the library

Get your preschooler started on a lifetime love of reading by making plans to attend the Spring Storytime program that begins next week and continues through the end of April.

The North County library at Harundale will present a "Critter Fun" program at 9: 30 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m. Wednesdays. The program is open to children ages 2 and 3. The weekly sessions will feature stories about such critters as ducks, frogs, mice and turtles. A craft activity will be included.

For children ages 3 to 6, "Hop to the Library for Some Storytime Fun" will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 9: 30 a.m. and 10: 30 a.m. Thursdays. The story sessions will include tales of bugs, trees, dinosaurs and pets, and children will make a story-related craft each week.

Each session runs about 30 minutes. Registration is not required. Parents and caregivers must accompany 2- and 3-years-olds. Information: 410-222-6270.

Long-term care discussed

Long-term care will be the topic at a meeting of Glen Burnie's chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees at 1 p.m. March 14.

The session will address what aspects of long-term care are covered by Medicare and Medicaid and changes in the health care industry and health-related laws.

Retired federal employees, their spouses and guests -- as well as prospective members -- are invited to attend the meeting at Holy Trinity Church hall, 7374 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Information: Stan Jacobs, 410-969-5980.

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