Conceptual Foundations

Conceptual Issues Surrounding Body Image for Oncology Nurses

Bethany A. Rhoten

body image, quality of life, cancer treatment
ONF 2017, 44(5), 534-536. DOI: 10.1188/17.ONF.534-536

Cancer and its treatment can uniquely influence survivors’ body image. Oncology nurses should understand how this quality-of-life issue can affect patients. To better understand the body image experiences of patients with cancer, this article will present a historic overview of body image conceptualization, as well as a more contemporary, cancer-specific approach to understanding how this population of patients may be particularly affected.

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