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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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SANTOS, Daniela Barsotti  and  VIEIRA, Elisabeth Meloni. Body image of women with breast cancer: a systematic review of literature. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.5, pp.2511-2522. ISSN 1678-4561.

Women experience a major process of reshaping their body image when they deal with breast cancer. This article seeks to understand the relationship that breast cancer and its treatment have in the process of (re)construction of a woman's body image. The ultimate objective is to promote knowledge to train health professionals to become more aware of a woman's quality of life. A systematic review of the literature of scientific articles published between 2004 and 2009 available in three scientific databases was conducted and a total of 56 articles were reviewed and grouped into four thematic categories. There is a pressing need for further studies on the socio-cultural characteristics of women with breast cancer, the differences of (re)construction of body image of young and older women, and Brazilian publications about the personal experience and socio-cultural context of women with breast cancer.

Keywords : Breast cancer; Body image; Psychological adjustment.

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