Breast Cancer Overview

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After Treatment TOPICS

Body image after breast cancer treatment

Many women with breast cancer also find themselves dealing with the fact that treatment changed the way they look. Some changes may be short term, such as hair loss. But even short-term changes can have a major effect on how a woman feels about herself. A number of options are available to help women cope with hair loss, including wigs, hats, scarves, and more. For a list of some companies that sell wigs and other hair accessories, call the American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 and ask for our document, Breast Prostheses and Hair Loss Accessories List. On the other hand, some women may choose to show off their baldness as a way to identify themselves as breast cancer survivors.

Of course, women treated for breast cancer also face long term changes in the way their breasts look.

Whatever the changes you may face, it's important to know that there is advice and support out there to help you cope with these changes. Talking with your doctor or nurse is often a good starting point. There are also many support groups, such as our Reach To Recovery program. Visit our website or call us at 1-800-227-2345 to learn more about programs in your area.


Last Medical Review: 09/17/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014