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.
- Body image
- Breast Cancer
- Qualitative Research
- Lived experience
- Breast cancer care
- Breast cancer
- body image
- qualitative research