Social and Psychological Aspects

Critical Analysis of Cancer and Body Image: What we know and How we know it

  • Jeong-Ju (Jay) Yoo orcid logo (Baylor University)
  • Kenneth Carriveau orcid logo


This study aims to understand how body image with cancer patients and survivors have been investigated. We are specifically interested in identifying what factors have been investigated as variables to understand body image of cancer patients and survivors. A total of 84 papers were selected for full-text assessment. Upon full-text review, an additional 47articles were excluded leaving 37 studies included in this review. The investigation of body image among cancer patients and survivors is a relatively new area of research. Not surprisingly, 60% of the study was conducted exclusively with women, while no study was conducted only with males. Breast cancer has been the most frequently researched topic concerning the cancer type, which is also relevant to women's body image. It is notable that a wide range of variables were investigated, identifying as a factor influencing the body image of this population.

Keywords: Body Image, Cancer, Cancer Survivorship, Cancer Patient, Body Investment

How to Cite:

Yoo, J. & Carriveau, K., (2024) “Critical Analysis of Cancer and Body Image: What we know and How we know it”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
22 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed