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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2003 Sep-Oct;30(5):841-6.

Use of letter writing as a means of integrating an altered body image: a case study.

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Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Columbus, OH, USA. rancour.1@osu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To describe the use of letter writing as a technique to assist patients in adjusting to an altered body image after dramatic cancer treatment.

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles and books.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Gestalt therapy, psychosynthesis, and journaling techniques evolve into a technique that can assist patients who are challenged to accept altered body parts.

CONCLUSIONS:

Described in a case study presentation, letter writing was found to assist female patients with recurrent breast cancer in adjusting to reconstruction of lost breasts.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

Nurses can use letter writing as a means of assisting patients through the grief process associated with body image alterations.

PMID:
12949597
DOI:
10.1188/03.ONF.841-846
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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