Skin Deep owner Tracy Lacina said cancer patients often have physical necessities that require more personalized accommodations during salon visits. Treating the physical side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments, she added, is critical to a patient’s mental health.
Iowa City Mercy Hospital Dr. Darwin Petersen, DO, FACS, said services like Tracy’s compliment the medical treatment cancer patients receive.
“These kind of places are very skilled at helping women recapture that lost feeling of physical confidence,” he said, “And it’s very important because there’s more to treating cancer that than just disease — there’s a patient attached to it. It’s critically important for their personal well-being and self-esteem.”