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Relaxation

Our site has a variety of articles demonstrating the value of Mind-Body-Spirit activities. Here is one example:

Increasing attention is being paid to the emotional and psychosocial needs of cancer patients. As a result of huge advances in early detection and in treatment modalities, there now are millions of cancer survivors in the United States.

There has been a realization that cancer survivors have distinct psychosocial needs. As cancer survivors live longer, reduction of psychological distress has been recognized as being an important part of having an improved quality of life.

There have been numerous changes in the field of psychosocial oncology since it first began 25 years ago. Guidelines now exist for the definition of distress, and decision trees are available for making the appropriate referrals.

Advances in pharmacologic treatment for depression and anxiety have made it possible to decrease distress and increase coping in cancer patients undergoing treatment as well as in cancer survivors.

Numerous individual and group therapies have demonstrated effectiveness in improving mood and quality of life in cancer patients and those at high risk for developing cancer. Due to the forthright efforts of cancer patients, there are now many organizations and list serves (e-mailing lists) that cancer survivors can turn to for help before, during, and after cancer treatment.

Finally, with the rapid expansion of the internet not only are there websites available as resources, but also the creation of interactive online support is becoming a reality.

One of the most important issues in providing supportive care to cancer patients in the future is to meet the individual needs of patients and provide the type of psychological therapy that will work best for them.”

Kathryn M. Kash * Rajnish Mago Elisabeth J.S. Kunkel
From the April 2005 journal Seminars in Oncology Online (April 2005 • Volume 32 • Number 2)

 

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA *Address reprint requests to Kathryn M. Kash, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University, 833 Chestnut East-Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Email address: kathryn.kash@jefferson.edu (Kathryn M. Kash)

Here’s a terrific piece from Diana Ross (Breast Cancer Yoga)  Yoga arms up - Copy

Short video from Christine C. after taking Yoga class at and Annie Appleseed Project’s conference  Chris C after Yoga class

Please note that all past articles are stored in our ARCHIVES section (located at the lower right of all pages).

Relaxation Techniques (from the Archives – all posted prior to March 2012).  Newer studies continue to support. these ideas

Hands-on Healing  Betty Ann Healing Touch

Doing Shiatsu to Yourself

Aroma Therapy  lavender 2

A little bit on Music Therapy

Mind-Body connection


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