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 [...]

Clinical hypnosis in the enhancement of quality of life of terminally ill cancer patients

The fact that terminal cancer patients experience considerable psychological distress is now undisputed, but the effectiveness of psychological treatments in relieving this suffering is less clear. The aim of the present research was to evaluate the efficacy of clinical hypnosis in the enhancement of quality of life of patients with far-advanced cancer. Fifty terminally [...]

Motives that cancer patients in oncological care have for consulting a psychologist

Most people with cancer are able to deal with the mental turmoil with support from ordinary health care, family and friends. However, by themselves or by attentive health-care workers some patients are referred to specialists within the psychosocial field, foremost social workers and psychologists. This paper deals with patients’ motives for seeing a psychologist. [...]

2019-03-17T11:48:48-04:00February 11th, 2016|Anxiety & Depression, Cancer, Psychology|0 Comments

The use of massage therapy for reducing pain, anxiety, and depression in oncological palliative care patients

Massage therapy has proven to reduce the subjectively perceived symptom of pain in oncological patients receiving palliative care. Remission of the symptoms of anxiety and depression, examined secondarily, was also achieved. Despite the different characteristics of the population, similar results with respect to reducing pain were achieved in four out of six studies [...]

Massage therapy study at a major cancer center

Massage is increasingly applied to relieve symptoms in patients with cancer. This practice is supported by evidence from small randomized trials. No study has examined massage therapy outcome in a large group of patients. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, patients report symptom severity pre- and post-massage therapy using 0-10 rating scales of pain, fatigue, [...]

Massage is a useful tool for improving symptom management and reducing suffering in palliative care patients

Aims: To describe the integration of massage therapy into a palliative care service and to examine the relationship between massage and symptoms in patients with advanced illnesses. Between April 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010, 153 patients received massage at the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System. Data on pain, anxiety, dyspnea, relaxation, and [...]

Naturopathic treatment showed significant improvements in anxiety and quality of life measures

Anxiety is a serious personal health condition and represents a substantial burden to overall quality of life. Additionally anxiety disorders represent a significant cost to the health care system as well as employers through benefits coverage and days missed due to incapacity. This study sought to explore the effectiveness of naturopathic care on anxiety [...]

2019-03-17T14:11:26-04:00January 30th, 2016|Anxiety & Depression, Dietary|0 Comments

Relaxation training helped relieve hot flashes in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer

Relaxation training helped relieve hot flashes in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, according to a study published in the April edition of Journal of Pain and Symptom Management {200S; 35 [4], 397-405). Medical professionals who care for women with a history of breast cancer are interested in nonpharmaceutical alternatives for treating patients who [...]

Group therapy and hypnosis reduce metastatic breast carcinoma pain

 The pain and mood disturbance of 54 women with metastatic carcinoma of the breast were studied over the course of one year. A random sample was offered weekly group therapy during the year, with or without self-hypnosis training directed toward enhancing their competence at mastering pain and stress related to cancer. Both treatment groups [...]

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