Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Cancer and Your Body

Learn how cancer can affect your body, body image, fertility, and reproductive health.

Cancer and Body Image

Cancer and cancer treatment can change your body. Changes in how your body looks, feels, and performs can affect your body image—how you perceive your body and feel about your appearance. Body image is closely tied to self-image and self-concept. Self-concept includes body image and an individual's perception of his or her personality, abilities, potential, values, and interests.

Common Sexual Concerns

The physical and emotional changes brought on by cancer and treatment may affect sexuality, fertility, reproductive health, and sexual relationships. Learning how to cope with these changes can help your recovery and well-being.

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