Current Oncology Reports

, 17:422 | Cite as

Body Image: a Critical Psychosocial Issue for Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

  • Michelle Cororve Fingeret
  • Irene Teo
  • Keelan Goettsch
Head and Neck Cancers (E Hanna, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Head and Neck Cancers


Increasing attention is being given to evaluating and treating body image difficulties of patients undergoing cancer treatment. Head and neck cancer significantly alters physical appearance and bodily functioning and therefore directly impacts body image. Research involving body image in head and neck cancer patients is growing, and this review considers published findings from 2013 to 2014. Primary attention is given to discussing recent advancements in body image assessment, qualitative studies, descriptive research, and psychosocial intervention studies relevant to body image. Limitations and necessary advancements in this field are noted, and a commentary is provided on the state of the current literature.


Head and neck cancer Body image Facial disfigurement Quality of life 



This research was supported in part by the American Cancer Society, MRSG-10-010-01-CPPB, and MD Anderson Cancer Center Support Grant (P30-CA016672).

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Conflict of Interest

Irene Teo and Keelan Goettsch declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Michelle Cororve Fingeret reports grants from the American Cancer Society and the National Institute of Health during the conduct of the study.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Cororve Fingeret
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Irene Teo
    • 1
    • 3
  • Keelan Goettsch
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral ScienceThe University of MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Head and Neck SurgeryThe University of MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Plastic SurgeryThe University of MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Texas Medical Center Summer Research Internship ProgramAugustana CollegeRock IslandUSA

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