Supporting people with cancer in their careers

To care for your appearance and to live in society


Assistant General Manager/ Senior Social Worker
The Patients and Families Care Coordination Development
National Cancer Center Japan, Hospital East
Hatoe Sakamoto

When I think of addressing the changes in appearance caused by cancer treatment, it always reminds me of a particular patient.
When I first met her, she said repeatedly: “I hardly ever wear makeup to work. If I suddenly started wearing makeup and a wig, all my coworkers would wonder what had happened.
I’m worried about what they might say.” But now, she tells me, “I like to think the treatment was just an opportunity to have a makeover.” She also talks about the significance of caring for her appearance in continuing to be part of society: “My body may be alive, but I am not alive unless I feel part of society. When we feel connected, that is when we feel alive.”

There are more than 30 different types of skin conditions that can be a side effect of cancer treatment. I really hope that more people will understand caring for your appearance plays an important role in maintaining your ties with society such as work and friends.

Helping you feel yourself and live your life

People with cancer are living longer with the disease now, thanks to earlier detection and advances in treatment.
Many people work while they undergo treatment, contributing to a growing need for cover makeup to address changes in appearance.
Shiseido envisions and is committed to realizing a society where people with cancer can continue to feel their best.

Some of the many comments our satisfied customers have shared:
"I feel more positive about treatment now that I wear makeup."
"At work, just a little help (from makeup) lets me get through my treatment in privacy."

Beauty information for cancer patients

  • Beauty Book for Cancer Patients (For Women)
    Beauty Book for Cancer Patients
    (For Women)
  • Men’s Grooming For Cancer Patients (For Men)
    Men’s Grooming
    For Cancer Patients
    (For Men)


We want everyone to know makeup can help cover appearance changes. It can help you feel like your true self again and continue living the life you want to live.

Message from a cancer survivor