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Special Therapy Addresses Body Image in Breast Cancer Survivors

All the women were followed for one year, periodically completing questionnaires about body image, sexuality, and quality of life.

Over time, the women in the therapy group tended to feel more comfortable with their bodies and felt less body stigma than the women who received no therapy. After one year, the ReBIC group reported a better cancer-related quality of life, too.

The groups had similar results for sexual function assessments.

Right now, the ReBIC is located mainly in the Toronto area, but the researchers hope to offer it in other areas eventually. They say it can be adapted easily in both cancer centers and primary care settings.

In the meantime, cancer survivors who are troubled by any unease with their bodies should talk to their care team. A doctor can usually make a referral to a counselor who specializes in post-cancer body image concerns.


“Program Can Help Ease Body Image Concerns and Improve Quality of Life”

(February 1, 2018)

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Esplen, Mary Jane

“Restoring Body Image After Cancer (ReBIC): Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial”

(Abstract. Published online before print: January 22, 2018)

“Psychosocial intervention helps improve post-cancer body image”

(January 30, 2018)

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