Cheerful Touch was created by Cheerful Heart in 2012 when cancer survivor and thriver, Renee Bassett, began helping cancer patients with hair loss and skin problems. Renee and two other cosmetologists also offer services in their businesses or will travel to a patient’s home.
Patients, with approval of their doctors, can be scheduled for a massage by calling the Cheerful Heart message line at 883-3070 or talking with a volunteer at the Oncology Clinic on Tuesdays.
The benefits of physical touch can be measured. Studies have shown that physical touch can lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. The relaxation achieved with these physical changes can improve the patient’s state of mind and quality of life.
Several reviews of the scientific literature have attributed numerous positive effects to massage, including improvements in the quality of patients' relaxation, sleep, and immune system responses and in the relief of their fatigue, pain, anxiety, and nausea. On the basis of these reviews, some large cancer centers in the United States have started to integrate massage therapy into conventional settings. (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
- Hair cut
- Wig styling
- Skin care
- Make-up consultation
- New, sanitary make-up
- Body, scalp, hands & feet
- In-home services available
To make an appointment or for more information about these free services for Lake County cancer patients call Cheerful Heart at 883-3070.