Women's experiences of an altered appearance during chemotherapy: an indication of cancer status

D. Harcourt, Hannah Frith

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Abstract

This study explores breast cancer patients’ experiences of chemotherapy treatment, with a focus on the impact of an altered appearance during this time. We present two key themes from the thematic analysis of interviews with 19 women: anxiety that chemotherapy will render them identifiable as a ‘person-with-cancer’; and problematic interactions with others. We discuss how changes in appearance can reveal disease status to others, demonstrate the personal impact of temporary changes to appearance, relate these findings to literature on psychosocial aspects of disfigurement and consider the provision of psychosocial care for women experiencing an altered appearance during chemotherapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-606
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of health psychology
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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© 2008 Sage Publications

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