Body Image Therapy Service
Facing your body with confidence
Nearly every cancer patient experiences body image concerns, and many would like to receive additional support and guidance to help them cope with these issues.
Body image is more than how you view your appearance or a mental picture of what you look like. It refers to the way you perceive, think and feel about all aspects of your body and the way it functions.
Your body image can change over time and is influenced by what you are experiencing in the moment. While there may be a significant difference between how you view your body and how others perceive it, your personal views and feelings about your body are what matters.
For cancer patients, body image is a critical issue. Their disease and its treatment can alter their appearance and how their bodies function.
Common body image concerns for cancer patients and survivors include:
As a result of such changes, patients can suffer depression, anxiety, withdrawal and social isolation. Many patients, both male and female, are reluctant to talk about such personal and private issues, even with loved ones.
Under the direction of Michelle Cororve Fingeret, Ph.D., the Body Image Therapy Service offers psychological, supportive and educational services to MD Anderson patients.
Licensed psychologists provide individual counseling, couples therapy and group therapy sessions. Throughout active treatment and into survivorship, our therapists teach patients how to cope with their body changes and return to enjoying life.
We help our patients:
Counseling sessions often include discussions about how patients can communicate more openly with their health care team about body image concerns. Our services are often covered by insurance.