Women's experiences of an altered appearance during chemotherapy: an indication of cancer status

Harcourt, D. and Frith, Hannah (2008) Women's experiences of an altered appearance during chemotherapy: an indication of cancer status Journal of Health Psychology, 13 (5). pp. 597-606. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

This study explores breast cancer patients’ experiences of chemotherapy treatment, with a focus on the impact of an altered appearance during this time. We present two key themes from the thematic analysis of interviews with 19 women: anxiety that chemotherapy will render them identifiable as a ‘person-with-cancer’; and problematic interactions with others. We discuss how changes in appearance can reveal disease status to others, demonstrate the personal impact of temporary changes to appearance, relate these findings to literature on psychosocial aspects of disfigurement and consider the provision of psychosocial care for women experiencing an altered appearance during chemotherapy.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2008 Sage Publications
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/1359105308090932
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Psychosocial Studies
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5460

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