Understanding patient accounts of body image change
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Understanding patient accounts of body image change

Bob Price Director of postgraduate awards in advancing healthcare practice, Faculty of Health and Social Care, The Open University

Patients share a variety of accounts of their altered body image experiences associated with cancer and its treatment and these must be identified and understood if nursing care is to be arranged in a supportive way. This article leads the reader through several accounts of body image change and indicates why each is important for the role of the cancer specialist nurse.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 8, 6, 29-34. doi: 10.7748/cnp2009.

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