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Curr Oncol Rep. 2015 Jan;17(1):422. doi: 10.1007/s11912-014-0422-0.

Body image: a critical psychosocial issue for patients with head and neck cancer.

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Department of Behavioral Science, The University of MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1155 Pressler Dr., Unit 1330, Houston, TX, 77030-3721, USA,


Increasing attention is being given to evaluating and treating body image difficulties of patients undergoing cancer treatment. Head and neck cancer significantly alters physical appearance and bodily functioning and therefore directly impacts body image. Research involving body image in head and neck cancer patients is growing, and this review considers published findings from 2013 to 2014. Primary attention is given to discussing recent advancements in body image assessment, qualitative studies, descriptive research, and psychosocial intervention studies relevant to body image. Limitations and necessary advancements in this field are noted, and a commentary is provided on the state of the current literature.

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