Psychological and Clinical Correlates of Posttraumatic Growth in Cancer. A Systematic and Critical Review

ConclusionsThe evaluation of PTG in cancer patients is worthy, since it may promote a better adaption to the illness. However, many investigations do not explicitly refer to the medical nature of the trauma, and they may have not completely captured the full spectrum of positive reactions in cancer patients. Future research should better investigate issues such as health attitudes; the risks of future recurrences; and the type, quality, and efficacy of medical treatments received and their influence on PTG in cancer patients.
Source: Psycho-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: REVIEW ARTICLE Source Type: research

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CONCLUSIONS: A large proportion of women experience several comorbidities, highlighting the need to address the chronic non-communicable disease epidemic in SA and to co-ordinate multidisciplinary primary-, secondary- and tertiary-level care in the country's complex healthcare system for better outcome. PMID: 31084693 [PubMed - in process]
Source: South African Medical Journal - Category: African Health Tags: S Afr Med J Source Type: research
Conclusions: This study shows for the first time that a specific form of Tibetan medicine meditation is efficacious in decreasing the psychological distress in women with breast cancer and can be an important complementary therapy to oncological care.Oncology
Source: Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is one of the most common tumors in the world and is associated with high psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, and stress. Meditation is efficacious to reduce psychological distress, but there are no studies which have evaluated a specific type of Tibetan medicine meditation in patients with breast cancer. The present research aimed to understand the effect a specific type of Tibetan medicine meditation on psychological distress in a sample of women with breast cancer. METHODS: Sixty-two women with breast cancer were enrolled. We instructed the patients in Tib...
Source: Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Oncology Source Type: research
Background: While CBGT has been found effective in treating VMS for women with breast cancer (MENOS1), CBGT has not been studied comparing outcomes among women of differing race and psychiatric diagnoses. This preliminary study evaluated effects of a CBGT treatment developed by Hunter&Smith (2015) on primary outcomes of hot flash frequency and problem rating (HFF-PR), hot flash daily interference (HFDIS) and quality of life (QOL). Secondary outcomes included depression, anxiety, perceived stress (PS), anhedonia, and hot flash beliefs (HFBS).
Source: Maturitas - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: O31 Source Type: research
Mindfulness training is suggested to be an effective strategy for reducing depression risk in breast cancer survivors. A recent study proposes that the beneficial effects of mindfulness training on health may be mediated, in part, by self-kindness, or a compassionate attitude towards the self in the face of suffering. While mindfulness and self-kindness have been repeatedly shown to be positive predictors of psychological health, the neural mechanisms underlying these factors are not well understood.
Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsRegarding the high prevalence of depression in patients with breast cancer, it is vital to carry out screening within standard time periods and offer the necessary emotional support.
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Prevention is often called the best medicine — but research has shown that millions of Americans are not getting the preventive care they should to live long, healthy lives. Obstacles like inadequate access to care and financial barriers can keep people away from the doctor, but anxiety and feeling like care is unnecessary are also common deterrents. “There are a lot of things that every person could do to stay healthy, and this could help people to feel better, improve their quality of life and help them to live longer,” says Dr. Alex Krist, a professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth Univer...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Longevity public health Source Type: news
ConclusionsOur study found that in a multidisciplinary breast cancer centre where all three breast ablative and reconstruction options are available to  early breast cancer patients, either BCS or IBR can be used to provide patients with a higher degree of satisfaction and psychosocial well-being compared with MA in the long-term.
Source: Annals of Surgical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Shikonin inhibits triple-negative breast cancer-cell metastasis by reversing the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition via glycogen synthase kinase 3β-regulated suppression of β-catenin signaling. Biochem Pharmacol. 2019 May 06;: Authors: Chen Y, Chen ZY, Chen L, Zhang JY, Fu LY, Tao L, Zhang Y, Hu XX, Shen XC Abstract Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is characterized by elevated metastasis, low survival, and poor response to therapy. Although many specific and effective agents for treating TNBC have been investigated, promising therapeutic options remain elusive. Here, we screened the in...
Source: Biochemical Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Biochem Pharmacol Source Type: research
AbstractThe goal of this study was to assess the effect of intercessory prayer in the psychological, spiritual and biological scores of breast cancer patients who are undergoing radiotherapy. Double-blind RCT comprising a sample of 31 participants (15 in the Control Group and 16 in the Intervention Group). Data collection was performed in three time points (T0,T1 andT2). Significant changes have been identified in the intra-group analysis, concerning the decrease in spiritual distress score; negative religious/spiritual coping prevailed, while the total religious/spiritual coping increased between the posttestT2 toT0. Inte...
Source: Journal of Religion and Health - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research
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