Cancer Patients: Look Better, Feel Better? Analytical Essay by Nicky

Cancer Patients: Look Better, Feel Better?
Explains that looking good makes a cancer patient feel good, which is important for a positive prognosis.
# 145090 | 1,925 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper relates the importance of addressing the psychological and psychosocial needs of cancer patients because health is not just a physical issue but also an interaction of physical, psychological and social variables. Next, the author reviews the Look Better, Feel Better (LGFB) program, an international cosmetic rehabilitation training program, based on the idea that having cancer patients feel that they look good is an important part of holistic nursing care. The paper features the care of mastectomy and oral cancer patients.

Table of Contents:
Cancer Psychosocial Aspects
Post Mastectomy
Cosmetic Rehabilitation in Oral Cancer
Holistic Care Provision

From the Paper:

"Breast cancer affects millions of women in the United States. Some of these patients have to undergo Mastectomy when other alternative methods of treatment are insufficient. Patients develop psychological fears and very low self-esteem. Most of them perceive their femininity under threat and are emotionally unstable. Under these circumstances the role of the Breast care nurses is very significant. Almost 90% of mastectomy patients opt for breast prosthesis. Robert 2003 studied women's experiences with prosthesis by organizing focus groups."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Robert S, Livingston P, White V and Gibbs A, Jun 2003, 'External breast prosthesis use: experiences and views of women with breast cancer, breast care nurses, and prosthesis fitters. Cancer Nursing, 26(3): 179-86
  • Hill O & White K, Jan 2008, 'Exploring women's experiences of TRAM flap breast reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer.' Oncology Nursing forum 35(1): 81-8
  • LGFB, 'An Innovative Global Program Serving Cancer Patients Expands its Reach', Accessed Dec 3rd 2008, Available at,
  • Kobayashi M, Sugimoto T (Oct 2008), 'Association between self-esteem and depression among patients with head and neck cancer: a pilot study' Head & Neck 30(10):1303-9.
  • Kurtz ME, Kurtz JC et. al (Jul 2008) , 'Patient optimism and mastery-do they play a role in cancer patients' management of pain and fatigue?' Journal of Pain and Symptom Management', 36(1):1-10

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