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Massage a Special Treat for Cancer Patients

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RALEIGH — A massage is a luxury that most of us crave. But for someone facing a life-threatening illness, it can be invaluable.

For Lateesha Anthony, a massage is more than a luxury. It is a reward after months of treatment for breast cancer.

"It makes me feel special, I think it would make any woman feel special, the pampering. But because of the difficult time, it is an extraordinary gift," she says.

The single mother of three boys underwent surgery and chemotherapy. She is about to undergo radiation treatments.

The massage is part of a program called "Healing Hands" provided at Douglas Carroll Salons. Cancer patients can get six months of free services.

Anthony's doctor, Kirk Faust, says massages can help patients cope with discomfort.

"It can help different patients to different degrees," says Faust. "basically anything that makes you feel better about yourself and your situation that improves your mind and spirit can help you with cancer."

Anthony agrees that these healing hands are just what the doctor ordered.

If you are a cancer patient and you want to get involved with Healing Hands, ask your doctor for a certificate.

The salons also provide others services for cancer patients, including facials and manicures.

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Amanda Lamb, Reporter
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