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Altered Appearance from Cancer

Paraskeva, Nicole; Clarke, Alex; Harcourt, Diana


Alex Clarke


Michelle Cororve Fingeret

Irene Teo


In this chapter, we delineate various appearance alterations that can result from cancer and its treatment. We focus on describing the impact of appearance changes involving weight, scarring from surgery, alopecia, ascites, and lymphedema. We also examine the influence of patient-related factors (i.e., gender, age) and treatment-related factors on appearance-related distress. Various models of adjustment to alterations in appearance are presented with particular attention to predisposing factors, intervening cognitive processes, and measurable outcomes identified by large-scale research studies conducted by the Appearance Research Collaboration. Finally, we identify gaps in knowledge and directions for future research needed to advance our understanding of an individual’s experiences of living with an altered appearance due to cancer.

Publication Date Aug 16, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 131
Book Title Body Image Care for Cancer Patients: Principles and Practice
ISBN 9780190655617
APA6 Citation Paraskeva, N., Clarke, A., & Harcourt, D. (2018). Altered Appearance from Cancer. In M. C. Fingeret, & I. Teo (Eds.), Body Image Care for Cancer Patients: Principles and Practice, 131. Oxford University Press
Keywords visible difference, body image