The University Hospitals Leuven, the LKI and the Institute For Professional Care (IFPC) organise the second specific training for professional beauticians.
The University Hospitals Leuven, the LKI and the Institute For Professional Care (IFPC) organise the second specific training for professional beauticians.
Cancer treatment is a very drastic process. The University Hospitals Leuven and the Leuven Cancer Institute (LKI) want to give cancer patients the best possible therapy and care as well as pay attention to their quality of life during and after their treatment. Daarom tekenen UZ Leuven, het LKI en het Institute For Professional Care (IFPC) voor de tweede keer een specifieke opleiding uit voor professionele schoonheidsspecialisten. During the course they will gain a better insight in the problems cancer patients face, and they will learn how they can adapt care in their salon or institute. As of this year, hairdressers can also participate. 

Quality training as a bridge


Katleen Vanderbeken, CEO of IFPC: "We should not underestimate how much cancer patients fear going to a beauty salon. Patients are scared they will have to tell their entire story or that the wrong products will be used. On the other hand there also is a lot of insecurity on the part of the professionals. They're wondering whether there are special techniques or products and how they can best communicate with cancer patients." 

“The IFPC wants to meet this need and organise qualtiy training for trained beauticians and hairdressers. We have been able to do this by bridging the gap between the beauty industry and Healthcare. As a result, we can start the the second course in the University Hospitals Leuven in December 2018.”

External effects


Professor Michel Delforge, chairman of the Leuven Cancer Institute (LKI): “After the first successful run we can only recommend the course. As a physician and through our contacts with the patients, we've noticed that the external consequences of a cancer treatment, such as a skin rash and hair loss, can involve additional insecurity. These feelings make the disease even more difficult and can sometimes lead to a total sense of isolation.”

During their treatment, patients can rely on dedicated beauticians, but after that they often don't know who to turn to. Professor Delforge: “We are pleased that, together with the IFPC, we can get a bigger group of beauticians and hairdressers acquainted with how to best deal with cancer patients. That way we can help them esthetically but also support them in coming to terms with a dealing with a major process.”

New course in the University Hospitals Leuven


On Tuesday 4 December 2018 the new course will start in the University Hospitals Leuven. Participants follow a one-year training, with 20 course days (theory and practice). They are taught by doctors, nurses and professionals from the multidisciplinary oncological team. They will write a paper and do an internship. After the course, they are accredited and receive a quality label.