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Special Therapy Addresses Body Image in Breast Cancer Survivors

The research team tested their program with 194 women and published their findings in January in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

The women’s ages ranged from 18 to 65. They had all been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, but the disease had not spread to other parts of the body. All their treatments – surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiation – and had been cancer-free for two years.

The women were randomly assigned to one of two groups.

One hundred thirty-one women attended ReBIC sessions once a week for eight weeks. The therapy included guided imagery, a type of visualization process, during which women used their imagination to process their situation with their senses. The women also shared their feelings and experiences and received information and reading materials related to body image and breast cancer.

The remaining 63 women were given reading materials but did not participate in the group therapy.

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