Implications of treatment on body image and quality of life - Abstract

Objectives: To describe the changes in body image secondary to the treatment of prostate cancer, and to provide a review of the literature regarding body image assessment and its relationship to quality of life (QOL) among men with prostate cancer.

Data Sources: Review of current and classic literature.

Conclusion: There is strong evidence for the existence of a relationship between body image perception and QOL in men with prostate cancer.

Implications for Nursing Practice: Understanding the effect of body image changes on QOL will allow us to develop targeted interventions designed to improve the QOL of survivors of prostate cancer.

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Harrington JM.   Are you the author?
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Reference: Semin Oncol Nurs. 2011 Nov;27(4):290-9
doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2011.07.007

PubMed Abstract
PMID: 22018408