- Hair loss (including hair on the head, face, arms, legs, underarms, and pubic area)
- Changes in weight, either gain or loss
- Changes in skin tone or color
- Disfigurement from surgery
I am so screwed! They say to allow time to adjust. The process of learning to accept a cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment changes a person's life. It takes time to adjust to a new way of feeling about oneself or how one looks. In 2002, Look Good…Feel Better sponsored a survey among women who had been treated for cancer within the last five years to understand overall quality of life during cancer treatment and how a woman’s appearance affects her sense of well-being.
- About 79% of women said that cancer treatment had a somewhat negative or greatly negative influence on their psychosocial (emotional and social) well-being.
- Two-thirds of the women indicated that cancer treatment had a somewhat or significant negative effect on their appearance.
- Seventy-eight percent (78%) said they experienced some or significant changes in their appearance during treatment, and 83% of these women said that their overall quality of life was affected by cancer treatment.
So, I guess I'm not alone in these feelings!