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Effects of Breast Cancer on Self-Image
A literature review as to the effects of breast cancer on body image and self-image.
# 99623 | 2,245 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Nov 18, 2007 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper analyzes the affects of breast cancer on the self-image of affected women. It begins by discussing how self-image is interrelated with body image, as well as preconceptions over the disease process. It analyzes the literature that discusses how a woman's body image can develop into a positive self regard over time as treatment progresses because the focus is on survival.

Table of Contents:
Literature Review
Nursing Implications

From the Paper:

"The studies produced several very significant findings. First of all, self-image eventually is altered in a positive direction as a result of a diagnosis of breast cancer (Kraus, 1999; Kieren & Nabboltz, 1997). Women do experience real fears and problems accepting themselves after chemotherapy and surgery. The women who had the most positive self image are those who "believed they had a choice regarding treatment, were active participants with the surgeon in the decision-making process, were well informed, and were very satisfied with their treatment decision 8 weeks after their breast cancer treatment" (Kraus, 1999). Patient teaching is the most important issue highlighted by these studies."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baron, R., J. Kelvin & Bookbinder, M. (2000). Patients' sensations after breast cancer surgery. Cancer Practice, 8 (5), 215-221.
  • Cohen, M., D. Kahn & Steeves, R. (1998). Beyond body image: The experience of breast cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum, 25 (5), 835-841.
  • Kieren, D. & Nabboltz, J. (1997). Sexuality, body image and quality of life after high dose or conventional chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 6 (1), 1-5.
  • Kraus, P. (1999). Body image, decision making, and breast cancer treatment. Cancer Nursing, 22 (6), 421-427.
  • Sammarco, A. (2001). Psychosocial stages and quality of life of women with breast cancer. Cancer Nursing, 24 (4), 272-277.

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