Before treatment, your cancer doctor and nurse will give you information to prepare you for your treatment and how it is likely to affect you. They’ll talk about any options, such as reconstructive surgery, and help you make decisions. They can also:
- tell you about possible side effects and what may help, such as cold cap treatment that may help reduce hair loss
- refer you to other members of the team, for example occupational therapists, physiotherapists or speech and language therapists
- refer you for services such as counselling if you think that would be helpful
- arrange for a second opinion about your treatment if you feel this would be useful.
It’s important to let your cancer doctor or nurse know if you have concerns about your body image at any point during or after your treatment. There are different ways they can help and support you.