Changes to appearance and body image

Body image after treatment

Cancer can affect your body image. We have advice for you.

Body image after treatment

Body image after treatment

Hear Richard, Peter, Heather and Stacey talk about how they felt about their bodies after cancer treatment, and how they rebuilt their confidence.

About our cancer information videos

Hear Richard, Peter, Heather and Stacey talk about how they felt about their bodies after cancer treatment, and how they rebuilt their confidence.

About our cancer information videos

General information Cancer and body image concerns

Cancer and treatments can cause changes to your body. These can affect how you think and feel about your body.

General information Managing anxiety and other feelings

Coping with body image concerns can make you feel anxious. There are different ways to manage your anxiety and other feelings.

General information What can help – practical advice

There are things you can do to help you feel better about your appearance. Your doctor or nurse can also advise you. 

General information Relationships, intimacy and sex

Cancer and its treatments can affect your sex life and relationships. Talking openly and taking the time to get used to possible body changes can help.

General information Helping you take control

Setting realistic goals, dealing with problems in a structured way and challenging unhelpful thinking can help you take control.

General information Changing the way you think

Being aware of your thoughts may help you notice unhelpful thinking patterns. It can then allow you to challenge these. 

General information Developing a positive body image

Being kind to yourself and taking care of your body can make you feel more confident and help improve your body image. 

General information Managing other people’s reactions

Learning to manage other people’s reactions to your body changes and coping with social situations will improve your confidence.