Changes to appearance as a result of disease and treatment can be a source of considerable distress for many patients. In this chapter we apply a stepped model of care as a framework to consider the use of psychosocial approaches to support people whose appearance and/or body image has changed as a result of cancer. In doing so, we explore the use of a range of interventions, from societal level approaches aiming to shift attitudes towards appearance amongst the general population through to high level interventions for patients with high levels of distress, delivered by psychosocial specialists with expertise in this field. We also reflect on the challenges facing health professionals and researchers who are looking to provide evidence-based care, and offer suggestions for the future direction of research.
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