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Going through cancer treatment changes how a person looks and feels. This, in turn, can modify ones’ actions, relationships and life. If you are going through cancer treatment and want to be more comfortable in society again, realize you are not alone.

A 2006 on-line survey conducted by the Cincinnati-based research firm R.L. Repass & Partners Inc. showed that a 69 percent majority of 400 female cancer patients said their appearance changed either somewhat or a lot during chemotherapy or radiation.

Also, 83 percent of the women surveyed indicated they were either somewhat self-conscious or very self-conscious about their appearance during treatment.

Nearly half of the women surveyed or 47 percent said that the change in their appearance during treatment resulted in friends treating them somewhat or very differently. Less than half of the women surveyed had sought help to cope with appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment


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