Dear Reader: The moment that someone learns they need to undergo treatment for cancer, their life is radically altered. Most hospitals and cancer-treatment centers now offer programs like the one you’ve discussed with your mother. The focus is on helping patients to manage the appearance-related side effects that arise during and after cancer treatment. These programs help patients with skin-care routines, makeup techniques, manicures and pedicures, and wigs, turbans and other types of head coverings. The physical changes from the rigors of breast cancer treatment can be unexpected and scary, and these programs help women cope.