Effects of alopecia on body image and quality of life of Turkish cancer women with or without headscarf.
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to find out the effects of chemotherapy-related alopecia on body image and quality of life of Turkish women who have cancer with or without headscarves and factors affecting them.
This descriptive study was conducted with 204 women who received chemotherapy at the Istanbul University Institute of Oncology, Turkey. The Patient Description Form, Body Image Scale and Nightingale Symptom Assessment Scale were used in data collection. Statistical analyses were performed using descriptive statistics and non-parametric tests. Logistic regression analysis was done to predict the factors affecting body image and quality of life of the patients.
No difference was found between women wearing headscarves and those who did not in respect of their body image. However, women who wore headscarves who had no alopecia felt less dissatisfied with their scars, and women not wearing headscarves who had no alopecia have been feeling less self-conscious, less dissatisfied with their appearance. There was difference in terms of quality of life: women wearing headscarves had worse physical, psychological and general well-being than others.
Although there were many important factors, multivariate analysis showed that for body image, having alopecia and wearing headscarves; and for quality of life, having alopecia were the variables that had considerable effects.
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ABSTRACT: This article describes the experience of chemotherapy-induced alopecia. Data resulted from an ongoing study, which sought to explore the experience of Australian women with a primary diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Phenomenological analysis of written accounts or interviews with 15 Australian women resulted in 13 of these 15 women giving priority to describing their experience of alopecia. The women described alopecia as the most distressing corporeal feature of the ovarian cancer experience. Factors which contributed to women's distress included: loss of sense of self and altered body image; reminder of their illness and potential for an early death; public statement about their private life, practical issues and re-growth. No literature was located, worldwide, which specifically explores the experience of alopecia for women with ovarian cancer. This article presents the first in-depth exploration of the experience of alopecia for Australian women with ovarian cancer. Insight gained from this study will inform understanding of the issues associated with alopecia for women with ovarian cancer and may facilitate the provision of optimal supportive care provided by health care professionals for female cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced alopecia.European Journal of Cancer Care 03/2013; · 1.31 Impact Factor