Everyone has a picture in their mind of the way they look. Good, bad, or somewhere in between, we can’t help but feel something in connection with our body image. However, body image goes beyond our perceived level of attractiveness. How comfortable we feel in our bodies and how in control we feel over their functions play an important role in how we see ourselves. When that changes because of something like cancer, a person’s entire identity can seem to be altered as well.
In this video, produced as part of the “Moving Forward” video series by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, young adult survivors discuss how cancer and cancer treatment has affected their bodies and their lives.
Talking with your doctor and knowing what to expect can help you prepare for any physical changes that might happen during or after treatment. In this video, ASCO experts Julie Gralow, MD, and Lidia Schapira, MD, talk more about coping with changes in how your body looks, feels, and performs.
A full-text transcript for both videos is available.