Body image and cancer

Booklet
Published: 30 Sep 2019
Next review: 31 Mar 2022
Edition: 4

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment may affect your body image. This is the way you think and feel about your body.

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Published: 30 Sep 2019
Next review: 31 Mar 2022
Edition: 4

This booklet is about how cancer and its treatment may affect your body image. This is the way you think and feel about your body.

About this booklet

Treatments like surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapies can change the way your body looks, works or feels. People affected by cancer are often worried about their body image. There are things you can do to improve your body image, and ways to get help and support.

This information is for anyone who is worried about changes to their body caused by cancer or cancer treatment. We hope it helps you deal with some of the questions or feelings you may have.

Visit our online information about body image and cancer.

How we can help

Macmillan Cancer Support Line
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, we'll listen.
Financial guidance
Financial issues can cause worry when someone becomes ill. You may be able to claim benefits to help you in your situation. You may also be able to get financial assistance from other organisations.
Welfare rights advice and tools

There are lots of benefits that could help you after a cancer diagnosis, but the system can be confusing. Our Welfare Rights Advisors are here to help.