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Check out the cancer-specific articles and books focused on body-image that Shop Well with You has compiled.  Please check back often for updates.

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  Breast Cancer Clothing: Bras, Scarves, Accessories, and More
Gina Shaw 
WebMD, 09/25/2008

Women with breast cancer today have a mind-boggling array of options, from wigs and scarves to specialty bras and swimsuits.

  Cancer-Specific Products: An Unnecessary Balm?
Kayleen Schaefer 
New York Times, July 10, 2008


Cover Up Comfortably
Surviving cancer: The best post-surgical camisoles

Tricia O'Brien, May 2005


Dress for Wellness: Post-mastectomy fashion tips and advice
Tricia O'Brien, May 2005


Breast Cancer Survivors: Fashion Hints After Your Mastectomy
Gina Shaw 
WebMD Health, March 2005


Color Me Beautiful
Surviving cancer: How color can make you happy

Tricia O'Brien, May 2005


Battle Dress
Dina Rabinovitch 
British Vogue, February 2005


Head Strong
Susan P. Halpern 
Vogue, November 2004


Looking Good in the Face of Cancer: Attending to Appearance Can Lift Patient's Morale
Debbe Geiger 
New York Newsday, July 13, 2004


Strengthening Your Body Image and Self-Esteem
Coping with Cancer, September/October 2004


Body Image and Cancer
Kyla Brooke, LMFT, CMT, October 27, 2003


Breast Cancer in Women Under 40 - Body Image, Breast Cancer, and Being Single in Women Under 40
Rachel M. Brooks 
Suite University -, January 27, 2005


After Cancer, A New Self Image
Elaine Louie 
New York Times, November 29, 1998


When Fashion and Makeup Do Wonders for the Spirit
Marcia Sherman 
New York Times, June 24, 2001


10 Ways to Look and Feel Like a 10
Ramy Gafni 
The American Breast Cancer Guide, 2002


Looking Good at the Beach
Avery Hurt 
MAMM, May/June 2003


Putting On a New Face for Chemo
Barbara Gamarekian 
New York Times, October 28, 2003


Clothing Ideas for Women with Breast Cancer
Janis Stone 
Iowa State University: University Extension, January 2000


The News was Bad, I went to Bendels
Ellen Tien 
New York Times, October 20, 2002


Keeping up Appearances


Bathing Beauty: Shopping For Swimsuits Is No Easy Task
Susan Rust 
MAMM, 2001


Rite of Indulgence: Finding Fashion Sense After Cancer Treatment
Kathlyn Conway 
MAMM, 2001


Moisturizing Matters
By Kimara Ahnert 
MAMM, April 2002


Grooming and Appearance
American Cancer Society


A Look Good…Feel Better Survey: Treatment and Its Impact on Cancer Survivors' Quality of Life - Executive Summary, 2002


Look Good…Feel Better Press Release: National Survey Reveals the Life-changing Impact of Cancer Among Women, October 16, 2002


Words to live by…
Real Simple, May 2002


Vanity and Valor
Dianne Armitage 
MAMM Magazine, February 1, 2003


Fake Boobs
Charlene Koski 
MAMM, January 2007


Fashion Your Best Fit
Amy Davis 
MAMM Magazine, March 2007


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Ramy Gafni’s Beauty Therapy: The ultimate guide to looking and feeling great while living with cancer.
Ramy Gafni 
Make-up artist and cancer survivor Ramy Gafni offers practical solutions for overcoming and managing the physical changes caused by cancer treatment. Step-by-step instructions are included as “Beauty Therapy” for hair loss, skin care, and cover-up for treatment side effects. This book offers men and women advice on how to counter the changes that affect self image such as how to find stylish head coverings, how to “make up” your scalp, thicken thinning eyebrows and eyelashes, and camouflage damaged skin.
Well Beauty: A woman’s guide to looking and feeling better through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
The WHO (Women Helping Others) Foundation 
A resource for women undergoing cancer treatment that provides tips and information to enhance well-being through positive thinking, image solutions and resource tools. The booklet features tips for the newly diagnosed, skin and make-up ideas, how to lift your spirits through color, information on wigs and headcoverings, and other helpful resources. It is available free of charge by contacting or 1-800-WHO-4-ONE.
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy
Geralyn Lucas 
Geralyn Lucas’ personal account of what it means to be a young woman with breast cancer in a beauty obsessed culture. Geralyn, who was 27 when diagnosed, wrote this book to encourage breast cancer survivors to discover their own courage and beauty and to embrace their “inner cleavage.”
After a Mastectomy - Choosing Which Clothes to Wear
M. Harvey 
This educational booklet offers ideas about what to wear following a mastectomy in order to maximize comfort and style. The booklet includes instructions on how to make a bra pad and how to add a pocket lining to a bra, or to a built-in bra garment (like a bathing suit or a dress) to hold a bra pad or prosthesis in place. The booklet is available at for $7 in pdf format or $11 for a hard copy.
Don't Die of Embarrassment
Barbara Barrie 
Actress Barbara Barrie's personal account of surviving colon cancer and living after a colostomy. This is a valuable guide for people learning to adjust to an altered lifestyle and body image after surgery.
Beauty and Cancer - Looking Good and Feeling Your Best
Diane Doan Noyes and Peggy Mellody, R.N. 
Beauty and Cancer is a complete handbook designed to help women improve their appearance and comfort both during and after cancer therapies. Includes information on skin and hair care, makeup techniques, comfortable fashion ideas and much more.
No Less A Woman: Femininity, Sexuality, and Breast Cancer
Deborah Hobler Kahane, MSW 
A collection of stories and advice from breast cancer survivors. These women discuss their emotional and physical journeys before, during, and after cancer as well as the suprisingly positive changes to their body image, goals, and general outlooks on life as a result of dealing with cancer.
Show Me: A Photo Collection of Breast Cancer Survivors' Lumpectomies, Mastectomies, Breast Reconstruction and Thoughts on Body Image.
Breast Cancer Support Group of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 
A collection of personal narratives by breast cancer survivors. Each woman shares photographs of her body after surgery and treatment as well as thoughts about her body and the decisions she made regarding her treatment. This book can be purchased through the Penn State Medical Center at
Healthy Beauty
Letha Hadady 
Healthy Beauty offers advice on how to use natural products and herbal remedies to look and feel better. It includes fashion, makeup and hair tips.
Facing Forwards Series – Life After Cancer
The National Cancer Institute 
This book looks at different aspects of life after cancer and offers tips on a variety of issues including: permanent body changes, appetite changes, emotional changes, dilemmas in the workplace, sexual changes, medication alternatives, etc.
Facing the Mirror with Cancer
Lori Ovitz 
Facing the Mirror with Cancer is a guide to using makeup to make a difference. Written by Lori Ovitz, a makeup artist to top models and celebrities, this 200-page book illustrates step-by-step tips and techniques for dealing with appearance issues during cancer treatment and beyond.
Check out the website at Facing the Mirror with Cancer.
Journal - A Mother and Daughter's Recovery from Breast Cancer
Lynn Redgrave and Annabel Clark 
British actress, Lynn Redgrave, documents her experience with breast cancer through her journal entries and her daughter's photographs.
Cancer Vixen
Marisa Acocella Marchetto 
This graphic memoir, which focuses on the author's triumphant bout with breast cancer, tells her story in vivid color and with a taboo-breaking sense of humor, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month journey, from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.

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