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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2016 August;151(4):327-31

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Body image and awareness in patients with advanced-stage melanoma

Eleonora CAMPOLMI 1, Francesca MUGNAI 1, Margherita RICCIO 1, Raffaella GRIFONI 2, 3, Susanna GUNNELLA 1, Sara FORTUNATO 1, Luisa FIORETTO 2, 3, Lorenzo BORGOGNONI 4, 5, Nicola PIMPINELLI 1

1 Division of Dermatology, Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy; 2 Medical Oncology Unit, S. Maria Annunziata Hospital, Florence, Italy; 3 Department of Oncology, AUSL 10 Firenze, Florence, Italy; 4 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit, S. Maria Annunziata Hospital, Florence, Italy; 5 Regional Melanoma Referral Center, S. Maria Annunziata Hospital, Florence, Italy


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BACKGROUND: Body image (BI) is a very important aspect to be taken care of, especially in cancer patients.
METHODS: We administered the Body Image Scales, with a specifically created semi-structured questionnaire which includes items that investigate the level of awareness and the degree of acceptance of the disease of the patient, was administered to patients giving their written informed consent to participate to the study.
RESULTS: The results show that our population sample got an average score of 17.25 showing precisely problems related to body image.
CONCLUSIONS: An adequate psychological support is crucial, as it has been widely demonstrated that body-image-related issues have a negative impact on patients’ quality of life, especially in the oncology field. Such support has the aim of dealing with those aspects which can compromise the patients’ equilibrium and quality of life.

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