The Image Recovery Center® is a comprehensive hospital-based appearance enhancement program available to cancer patients. Image Recovery is an integral part of oncology treatment services at Alegent Creighton Health and is designed to help patients prepare for appearance changes they will experience due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. The Image Recovery Center is staffed by clinically trained cosmetologists who understand the side effects associated with cancer treatment.
The Image Recovery Center at Alegent Creighton Health is rooted in medical science, our clinical cosmetologists, certified mastectomy fitters and massage therapists have been trained to provide services especially for oncology patients. More importantly, they can be a comforting voice of experience at a very vulnerable time.
Our specially trained clinical cosmetologists know resolving appearance issues that arise while undergoing treatment can enhance recovery as well.
Certified Mastectomy Fitters
A certified mastectomy fitter is a health care professional who is specifically educated and trained in the provision of breast prostheses and post-mastectomy services. Fitters must have completed have a minimum of 500 hours of mastectomy fitting experience for to obtain certification. fulfilled after completion of a NCOPE-approved mastectomy fitter educational program.
The American Cancer Society states "studies of massage for cancer patients suggest massage can decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue. Many health care professionals recognize massage as a useful, noninvasive addition to standard medical treatment." The Image Recovery Center's trained massage therapists have expertise in working safely with people with cancer and with cancer survivors.
What to Expect
How the hair, skin and nails are affected varies depending on the type of cancer and the therapy being administered. At your initial consultation, which is free of charge, we’ll help you develop a comprehensive image plan designed around your goals. Because this can be such a stressful time, our services are provided in a spa like setting that is peaceful and relaxing.
- Hand and nail products
- Mastectomy-related products
- Oral hygiene and skin care products
- Wigs, head coverings and hats
- Books and music
Hair Services & Wigs
For cancer patients who are presently undergoing cancer treatment, we provide haircuts, styling and specialized services that include scalp and hair conditioning treatments. Clinically trained cosmetologists are there to help address hair loss.
Wigs and accessories
- Mastectomy Products
- State-of-the-art post-mastectomy, lumpectomy and reconstruction products
- Post-surgical garments, bras, prostheses (breast forms), swimwear and intimate apparel
Specialty Services & Packages
- Corrective and hydrating facials
- Makeup applications
- Therapeutic manicures and pedicures
- Massage therapy
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) sees the use of massage for people with cancer as a safe and good practice. At Alegent Creighton Health, our massage therapy is an important component of our Image Recovery Center, helping patients heal their spirits and cope with the illness by addressing temporary and long-term physical changes.
Massage can do several helpful things for you:
- Relax muscles
- Increase your circulation
- Help you sleep better
- Help your overall well-being
- Give you a connection with someone else
- Calm you if you are restless and perk you up if you're feeling down
There are three Image Recovery Center locations. Available by appointment only.
|Rita L. Cassling Image Recovery Center
Bergan Mercy Professional Center
7710 Mercy Rd Suite 120
Omaha, NE 68124
|Lyal McCaig Image Recovery Center
Midwest Cancer Center
17201 Wright St
Omaha, NE 68130
|Mary Ann Beavers Image Recovery Center
Immanuel Medical Center
6901 N. 72nd Street #2200
Omaha, NE 68122