Relieving pressure – An evaluation of Shiatsu treatments for cancer & palliative care patients in an NHS setting

Publication date: August 2018Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine, Volume 21Author(s): Neil Browne, Philippa Bush, Fernando CaboAbstractIntroductionThe study investigated the effectiveness of Shiatsu therapy in relation to the management of health and wellbeing concerns of cancer and palliative care patients in an out-patient clinic.MethodPatients are referred to the Complementary Therapies Service for symptom management, particularly stress and anxiety, but also other symptoms such as nausea or insomnia. Data was collected following use of the Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) questionnaire, which was designed for evaluating supportive care interventions.ResultsMean changes in post-intervention MYCaW scores were highly significant (p 
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

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ConclusionReview findings suggest that ACT is an effective intervention to improve some of the common concerns among cancer survivors. While all the studies in the review were recent (published 2015 –2019), they examined only a limited number of outcomes. Hence, more methodologically rigorous studies which examine the effect of ACT on other troubling symptoms among cancer survivors are warranted.Implications for Cancer SurvivorsIncorporating ACT into comprehensive post-treatment survivorship care can enhance psychological flexibility and reduce anxiety, depression, and fear.
Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This study examined cross-sectional and prospective relationships between subjective (experiential avoidance, expressive suppression, and cognitive reappraisal) and objective (high-frequency heart rate variability) measures of ER and clusters of psychological symptoms among women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer. Method A total of 81 women completed a battery of self-report scales before (T1) and after (T2) radiotherapy, including measures of anxiety, depression, fear of cancer recurrence, insomnia, fatigue, pain, and cognitive impairments. Resting high-frequency heart rate variability was measured at T1. ...
Source: Cancer Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: ARTICLES Source Type: research
Abstract Purpose: Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is an ultra-rare vascular sarcoma with unique clinical features. EHE is characterized by an unpredictable, often protracted, clinical course and highly variable clinical presentation. Due to difficulty recruiting ultra-rare cancer patients, health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of EHE patients has not yet been studied. The aim of this study was to assess EHE symptom burden and its impact on HRQoL and psychological distress.Methods: The study was initiated after EHE patients' foundations approached our research group to study HRQoL. Patients were recruited f...
Source: Acta Oncologica - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Acta Oncol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: fatigue, insomnia, pain and loss of appetite were the most common and most intense symptoms. Anxiety and depression symptoms presented a negative correlation with quality of life and positive correlation with physical symptoms. PMID: 32162649 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Rev Bras Enferm Source Type: research
By DOUGLAS BRUCE, PhD On January 1, 2020, recreational cannabis use became legal in Illinois. More than 80,000 people in Illinois are registered in the state’s medical cannabis program. Surprisingly, many of their doctors don’t know how to talk with them about their medical cannabis use.  As a health sciences researcher, I have a recommendation that is both practical and profound: Physicians can learn first-hand from their own patients how and why they use medical cannabis, and the legalization of recreational cannabis may make them more comfortable discussing its usage overall. Nationwide, p...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Cannabis Douglas Bruce marijuana legalization medical cannabis Medical Marijuana Source Type: blogs
r G Abstract BACKGROUND: Cannabis was used for cancer patients as early as about 2500 years ago. Experimental studies demonstrated tumor-inhibiting activities of various cannabinoids more than 40 years ago. In view of the status of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as a regulated substance, non-psychotomimetic cannabidiol (CBD) is of particular importance. OBJECTIVES: Efficacy of pure CBD in various animal models as well as initial results (case reports) from patients. METHODS: Review of the literature on animal experiments and observations in humans. RESULTS: Preclinical studies, particular...
Source: Schmerz - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Schmerz Source Type: research
Abstract Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Affected patients frequently experience debilitating disease-related symptoms, including dyspnea, cough, fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and pain, despite the progresses achieved in term of treatment efficacy.Physical activity and exercise are nonpharmacological interventions that have been shown to improve fatigue, quality of life, cardiorespiratory fitness, pulmonary function, muscle mass and strength, and psychological status in patients with lung cancer. Moreover, physical fitness levels, especially cardiorespiratory endu...
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Oncologist Source Type: research
We examined wether coping strategy influences QOL in patients with depressive or anxiety symptoms.Materials and Methods: We conducted a multi-centre cross-sectional study o f patients with advanced lung cancer. 125 patients completed assessments of AOL (QLQ-C15-PAL), depressive and anxiety symptoms (HADS) and coming (brief COPE questionnaire). The data were analyzed by descreptive statistics. To determine whether coping strategy has a moderating effect on the relationship between mood and QOL, the interaction term between mood and coping strategy was added in a multiple regression model.Results: Positive reframing correlat...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Lung cancer Source Type: research
Conclusions: More than half the respondents had tried cannabis at some time, and almost one quarter of respondents were currently taking cannabis to help manage their symptoms or treat their cancer, or both. Many more patients would consider use with appropriate guidance from a health care professional. More research is needed to inform physicians and patients about safe uses and doses and about the potential adverse effects of cannabis use. PMID: 31548810 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Current Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Curr Oncol Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Cancer treatment can be a great source of anxiety and depression for patients. Patients who experience anxiety and depression may be treated with a variety of nonpharmacologic treatments, such as guided imagery. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this article is to determine the effect of guided imagery on patients' anxiety, depression, and other selected side effects prompted by chemotherapy. METHODS: This pre- and postintervention assessment randomly selected patients with various types of cancer who were undergoing chemotherapy to listen to a guided imagery audio file for 20 minutes per d...
Source: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Clin J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
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