Workshops boost cancer patients' self-image

National cancer support charity, Look Good Feel Better, has revealed their workshops can have a transformational impact on participants' levels of self-esteem. 

Released to coincide with World Cancer Day (4th February), Look Good Feel Better's 2019 UK Patient Survey highlights the extent to which the charity's work has an impacted on people's levels of self-confidence at a difficult time in their lives.

Look Good Feel Better provides workshops and advice for women, men and young adults undergoing cancer treatment, led by trained volunteers and teaches useful skills and techniques to help manage the side-effects of cancer treatment such as skin changes or loss of eyebrows and eyelashes. 
According to the survey, 97.6% claimed to be satisfied with what they had learnt in the workshop, 97.8% said that the programme had been valuable in improving their self-image, 93.8% felt confident about their appearance after attending the workshop, 95.4% agreed that their appearance made them feel more confident, and 99.2% would recommend the Look Good Feel Better workshop to others.

Commenting on the results of the latest UK Patient Survey, Sarahjane Robertson, Chief Executive, Look Good Feel Better UK, says: 

“We are releasing our survey findings to coincide with World Cancer Day, which aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer. 

“People undergoing cancer treatment who attend our workshops receive practical advice on dealing with the physical changes that cancer treatment can have. The support they encounter during the session will also have an important impact on their sense of well-being. The survey findings show that our workshops do make a significant difference to how people feel about themselves, helping them regain a feeling of confidence and self-esteem.

“Our workshops, which provide a safe environment for shared experiences, can have both a lasting and transformational effect at an incredibly tough time in someone's life.”

The UK survey is part of a global 2019 Look Good Feel Better Global Participant Survey, which includes more than 26,000 responses collected from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States.