Body image transformation after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in southern Thai women

Thanarpan Peerawong (Lead / Corresponding author), Tharin Phenwan, Somrit Mahattanobon, Kandawsri Tulathamkij (Contributing member), Uraiwan Pattanasattayavong (Contributing member)

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Objective: To understand the transition of changed body image after the diagnosis and surgery in women with breast cancer.

Methods: Semi-structured interview and focus group with narrative approach. Thematic analysis was performed using methodological and investigator triangulation methods.

Results: Participants' body image transformation was categorized into three phases: (1) the moment of diagnosis and changed self, (2) transition and recovery, and (3) normalization.

Conclusion: The truth-telling process of breast cancer diagnosis and the freedom to choose their treatment options have a profound impact on body image transformation of women with breast cancer. Family support, social construction, and social support could help women with breast cancer pass through these transitional process faster, while inappropriate truth-telling by their surgeons and not having any choice in their treatment options will delay the transitional process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number529
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalSage Open Medicine
Early online date13 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Body image
  • Breast Cancer
  • Qualitative Research
  • Lived experience
  • Thailand
  • Breast cancer care
  • Breast cancer
  • body image
  • qualitative research


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