Lowcountry students using virtual reality to help children with cancer in Sweden

Local students at Porter-Gaud are using technology to help ease the anxiety and fear faced by children undergoing cancer treatments. (WCIV) Local students at Porter-Gaud School are using technology to help ease the anxiety and fear faced by children undergoing cancer treatments. Senior students have spent months collaborating with [...] Click here to view [...]

Weekend fishing retreat offers men in cancer recovery process support, fellowship

Late Saturday morning, Vern Wilson of College Station stood with his own volunteer fly-fishing instructor just off the banks of a large, clear pond stocked with bass at the Double H Ranch in Navasota. As the 81-year-old stood in the sunshine, he practiced casting out on the water and [...] Click here to view [...]

Cancer: Does mental health influence a person’s outlook?

New research that now appears in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that a person's history of mental health issues may raise their risk of dying from cancer following diagnosis. Mental health can play a key role in the outlook of someone who has just received a cancer diagnosis. [...] Click here to view [...]

2019-03-20T10:04:48-04:00March 20th, 2019|Cancer, Psychology|0 Comments

Behavioral Therapy Intervention on Sleep Quality and Cancer-Related Fatigue

Purpose To determine 1-year outcomes of a four-component behavioral therapy (BT) sleep intervention (Individualized Sleep Promotion Plan [ISPP]) versus a healthy eating control (HEC) on cancer related fatigue in women receiving breast cancer adjutant chemotherapy treatment (CTX). Patients and Methods A total of 219 participants from 12 oncology clinics were randomly assigned in a [...]

Mirror therapy for the alleviation of phantom limb pain following amputation

Background/Aim: Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a debilitating condition that affects 50–85% of patients following an amputation and significantly diminishes their quality of life. Mirror therapy has been reported to have potential success for the alleviation of PLP. However, due to a lack of understanding of the mechanisms underlying PLP and the fact that [...]

A cognitive behavioral therapy intervention to promote weight loss improves body composition and blood lipid profiles among overweight breast cancer survivors

Abstract Overweight or obesity is an established negative prognostic factor in breast cancer. Co-morbidities associated with obesity, including cardiovascular disease (CVD), may negatively impact quality of life and survival in this population. Our purpose was to determine the effect of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention for weight loss through exercise and diet modification [...]

Hypnosis as an adjunct to behavioral weight management

This study examined the effect of adding hypnosis to a behavioral weight management program on short- and long-term weight change. One hundred nine subjects, who ranged in age from 17 to 67, completed a behavioral treatment either with or without the addition of hypnosis. At the end of the 9-week program, both interventions resulted [...]

2019-03-16T17:14:34-04:00March 4th, 2016|Psychology, Weight Gain & Loss|0 Comments

The Efficacy of Behavioral Treatments for Hypertension

Evidence is reviewed for the efficacy of behavioral treatments for hypertension. The format chosen here is a review of reviews given that numerous consensus committee reports and quantitative reviews on the topic have been published. Extensive evidence from over 100 randomized controlled trials indicates that behavioral treatments reduce blood pressure (BP) to a modest [...]

Effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing mild essential hypertension

Abstract: The present study investigates the effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing mild essential hypertension. Thirty participants were randomly assigned to hypnosis (standardized, individual 8-session hypnosis treatment) or to a control group (no treatment). Results show that hypnosis is effective in reducing blood pressure in the short term but also in the middle and long [...]

Effectiveness of hypnotherapy with cancer patients’

Abstract: Clinical hypnosis in cancer settings provides symptom reduction (pain and anxiety) and empowers patients to take an active role in their treatments and procedures. The goal of this paper is to systematically and critically review evidence on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for emesis, analgesia, and anxiolysis in acute pain, specifically in procedures with [...]

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