When most oncology patients begin radiation therapy, feeling “pretty” or “attractive” is a low priority. The focus is, understandably, on beating the disease.
But as you undergo treatment, it’s important to be aware of how radiotherapy can affect your physical appearance, both in the short- and long-term. Anticipating these changes can help you combat depression, social anxiety, and other mental health issues related to body image.
Below, we discuss some of the ways radiation can change what you see in the mirror. We also offer tips for coping with your new appearance.