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Friday, December 09, 2016

Intimacy, Body Image, and Cancer | Oncology | JAMA Oncology | The JAMA Network



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Body Image and Cancer
Cancer treatment can cause physical, emotional, and mental changes that are difficult, sometimes impossible, to discuss with loved ones. Surgical scars and changes in weight and physical appearance can decrease confidence and induce anxiety. Body image also changes during treatment, with different effects on men and women. The most common physical changes are hair loss, fatigue, skin dryness, swelling of the face, legs, and arms, weight loss, weight gain, scars from surgery, skin discoloration from irradiation, and bowel and bladder changes. Some women experience early menopause after starting chemotherapy. Understanding how chemotherapeutic drugs, surgical treatment, and radiotherapy can affect a person is important to prepare for the physical changes that may take place during treatment.

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