Cancer might change how you look, but it won't change who you are.

Hair loss, weight changes, scarring – young people with cancer can face these worries about their body at a time when they’re still figuring out who they are and how they want the world to see them.

We’re here to support you while your relationship with your body changes. We want you to feel able to look in the mirror and say: ‘How I’m feeling is ok. I’m not alone. And I’m still me.’

Young people share how cancer changed their body and how they are dealing with it.

 

How does cancer change someone's body?

Cancer, and the different treatments for cancer, can cause different changes in the body.

Not all people with cancer will see the same changes in their body. That’s because everyone’s diagnosis and treatment will be different.

The changes cancer can cause might be in the way someone’s body looks or works.

Tips and advice about cancer and body image

Tips and advice from young people

It’s hard not to be affected if cancer or cancer treatment changes the way you look. We asked young people for their top tips for dealing with these changes to your body. Read their tips ›

How cancer can affect your body

Find out what young people with cancer are most worried about when it comes to their body, how it looks, and how it might change. And read our tips and advice. Find out more ›

How we can help with cancer and body image

We make sure young people don't face cancer alone. We do this by helping you and your family deal with the many ways that cancer can affect your body, your mind and your life. Get help ›

 

 

Meet the young people dealing with changes to their body

Andrew

“I didn’t look at my scar for a good year afterwards until I got my tattoo on the same leg. It gives me confidence to look at my scar.” Read Andrew's story ›

Crystal

“I thought that I’d lost my identity when my whole face changed. But I’ve found a new identity now.” Read Crystal's story ›

Holly

“I found it really difficult looking in the mirror and seeing my hair in patches. I don’t identify myself as a person with a disease.” Read Holly's story ›