Integrative Oncology Care May Reduce Emotional Distress in Cancer Patients

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who regularly attended a weekly integrative oncology program had lower levels of depression, anxiety, and sleep problems than patients who did not regularly attend the program, according to areport inPsycho-Oncology.“Emotional distress is one of the leading challenges facing supportive and palliative oncology care,” wrote Eran Ben‐Arye, M.D., of Technion‐Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and colleagues. Several studies have suggested that integrative oncology care—which combines complem entary therapies with conventional cancer treatments—may reduce some symptoms in patients with cancer. Ben-Arye and colleagues specifically focused on the impact of such programs on emotional distress in cancer patients.They examined data from 439 adults who received personalized integrative oncology care while undergoing chemotherapy for localized cancer (stages 1-3). After an initial hour-long consultation, patients were invited to attend weekly 30- to 45-minute integrative oncology sessions tailored to their needs. These sessions included guidance on herbal supplements, acupuncture, reflexology, music therapy, and more.The researchers evaluated patients ’ depression, anxiety, and sleep quality using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) and quality of life was assessed with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC) at baseline and six wee...
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ConclusionOur findings suggest that a substantial number of oncology patients may warrant referral to psychological services. Clinicians need to perform systematic assessments of anxiety, stress, and common symptoms and initiate appropriate interventions to enhance resilience and coping.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Biomed Pharmacother. 2021 Nov;143:112175. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2021.112175. Epub 2021 Sep 27.ABSTRACTWithania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Solanaceae) has been used as a traditional Rasayana herb for a long time. Traditional uses of this plant indicate its ameliorative properties against a plethora of human medical conditions, viz. hypertension, stress, diabetes, asthma, cancer etc. This review presents a comprehensive summary of the geographical distribution, traditional use, phytochemistry, and pharmacological activities of W. somnifera and its active constituents. In addition, it presents a detailed account of its presence as...
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This study provided evidence of “the important role of anger in the psychological process underlying moral courage,” the team wrote. Of course, a person’s individual moral framework is crucial here, though. If the sight of women venturing outdoors alone or going to work, say, deeply offends you, then your resulting outrage will likely propel you to action, too. Expressing anger can also make you seem more authentic and sincere. At least, this was suggested by a 2021 study of Kickstarter pitch videos. Entrepreneurs are often encouraged to be only positive about their ventures, commented the researchers....
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anger Source Type: blogs
Acta Psychol (Amst). 2021 Oct 2;220:103426. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2021.103426. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) disproportionately impacts individuals with medical conditions, including with respect to their mental health. The present study investigated depression and anxiety and their correlates among individuals with medical conditions in Bangladesh.METHODS: Subjects were recruited to participate in an internet-based survey. Data were collected from November 2020 to January 2021 using convenience sampling by a semi-structured questionnaire through online platforms. Multiple re...
Source: Acta Psychologica - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Source Type: research
About two years ago, as Samantha Plevney was dealing with a major Crohn’s disease flare-up, she decided to tell her gastroenterologist how it was affecting her emotional health. “I told him that I’m alive but I’m not living,” she recalls. “Not being able to see my friends because of the uncertainty of my health situation was making me feel worse. I think people with IBD, and their doctors, tend to focus on physical symptoms, and for good reason. But the mental-health effect that comes from social support is huge.” Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) encompasses two conditions—Cr...
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Horm Metab Res 2021; 53: 683-691 DOI: 10.1055/a-1639-1024In differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), the standard treatment includes total thyroidectomy and lifetime levothyroxine (LT4) replacement. However, long-term exogenous LT4 has become controversial due to the adverse effects of oversuppression. The study included 191 patients (aged 18–76 years) with a prospective diagnosis of non-metastatic DTC and 79 healthy individuals. The patients with DTC were stratified into three groups according to their TSH levels: suppressed thyrotropin if TSH was below 0.1 μIU/ml, mildly suppressed thyrotropin if TSH was betw...
Source: Hormone and Metabolic Research - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Endocrine Care Source Type: research
Conclusions: BWL was not superior in reducing fatigue compared to DWL in HL and DLBCL survivors. Remarkably, the total sample showed clinically relevant and persistent improvements on fatigue not commonly seen in longitudinal observational studies in these survivors.
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
k Randy J. Nelson Artificial light at night (ALAN) is a pervasive phenomenon. Although initially assumed to be innocuous, recent research has demonstrated its deleterious effects on physiology and behavior. Exposure to ALAN is associated with disruptions to sleep/wake cycles, development of mood disorders, metabolic disorders, and cancer. However, the influence of ALAN on affective behavior in tumor-bearing mice has not been investigated. We hypothesize that exposure to ALAN accelerates mammary tumor growth and predict that ALAN exacerbates negative affective behaviors in tumor-bearing mice. Adult (> 8 weeks) ...
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Clarisse Florence Joly Cancer-related cognitive impairment (CRCI) is a frequent side-effect of cancer treatment, with important consequences on patients’ quality of life. Cognitive stimulation and physical activity are the most efficient in improving cognitive impairment, but they are challenging to generalize in hospitals’ routine and to patients’ needs and schedules. Moreover, the added value of a combination of these interventions needs to be more investigated. The Cog-Stim study is an interventional study investigating the feasibility of a web-based multimodal intervention (combining cognitive ...
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Study Protocol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Over 80% of the patients with gynecologic cancer reported sleep disturbance that persisted over two cycles of chemotherapy. Patients in the Very High class experienced problems with both sleep initiation and maintenance. Clinicians should routinely assess sleep disturbance alongside depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Interventions that target the underlying mechanisms of these co-occurring symptoms are warranted.PMID:34521555 | DOI:10.1016/j.ygyno.2021.09.002
Source: Gynecologic Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
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