Relaxation Techniques Help 

Cancer Patients

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October 2010: An interesting study was just published in the PLOS journal about the protective role of psychological and social supports. See item below.

Cancer patients can think themselves to a stronger immune system using relaxation and guided imagery techniques, a British researcher said on Saturday(4/15/00).

Professor Leslie Walker, the director of the Institute of Rehabilitation and Oncology Health at the University of Hull in northern England, said the psychological techniques can also help patients to cope better with the disease.

``Our results show that relaxation and guided imagery can bring about measurable changes in the body's own immunological defenses,'' he said in a statement.

But Walker, whose research was funded by the Cancer Research Campaign charity, stressed that although the techniques boosted immune cells, effects on the cancer itself are not known.

He also emphasized that so far there is no proof that psychological interventions can prolong survival.

``However, the study provides strong evidence that, for some patients, relaxation and imagery have a very beneficial effect on quality of life,'' he said.

Walker and his colleagues tested relaxation techniques on 80 women suffering from breast cancer. They presented their findings to the annual meeting of the British Psychological Society.

All of the women received standard medical treatments for breast cancer, but half were randomly selected for training in muscular relaxation, guided imagery and cue-controlled relaxation.

Guided imagery involves imagining the body's natural defenses battling the cancerous cells. In cue-controlled relaxation patients learn to relax by thinking of special words.

When the researchers tested all the women, they found that those practicing the relaxation techniques had higher numbers of important immune system cells.

``These results demonstrate that, even in patients with large tumors receiving immunosuppressive treatment (chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy) relaxation therapy and guided imagery can produce immunological changes,'' Walker said.

Soft-Belly Meditation

A seven minute approach to healthy living

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Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.

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Hypnosis for Hot Flashes in BCa Survivors
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LINK to site for CD

Support from Furry Friends

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Music as Medicine

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Music Therapy, Mood Disturbance
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Coloring Therapy

LINK to site " Alternative to formal meditation practices"

Autogenic Training - Meditation Technique

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Cancer Collage Approach

LINK to site on coping with cancer using the art/science of collage

Art as Therapy/Art.Rage.Us and More

Various articles, information, links

Self-Portraits (Art) as Diagnosis of Anxiety Expression
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The Noble Circle Project

LINK: " healing physically, emotionally and spiritually. It's about women coming together to form a community of healing and support for each other. And it's about empowering ourselves with self-healing tools to aid in our cancer recovery."

Women Beyond Cancer

LINK:"place in which women could receive support, education, and comfort, after receiving a cancer diagnosis and meet others who have had a similar experience".

Stress Influences Aging Factors & Immune System

Proceedings of National Acad of Sciences, 11/04

Book: Letting Go: Self Help Manual for Emotional Well Being
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Effect of Meditation on Serum Nitric Oxide/Lipid Peroxidatn

Prog Neuropsychoparmacol Bio Psych, 2/05

Transcendental Medication Reduces Rate of Cardio Disease
Review of Mindfulness Meditation
Book: "You Are Never Alone: Prayers & Meditations..."

By author Maureen Murray, a breast cancer survivor

Boxelder Basin Wellness Retreat

LINK to ovarian cancer survivor (credentialed survivor counseling) Sally Miller's 'week-long journey to wellness'

Retreats/Spas/Healing Places

Links and information

WHYME House Foundation, Inc
Vitalizing effects of being outdoors and in nature
My Healing Prayer

LINK to site offering prayers and support

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LINK If you’re living w a chronic illness & trying to balance healthy living &—whoa—fun, then you're DEFINITELY in the right place. If you're sick of reading depressing, clinical dissertations on disease, then you're going to feel right at home. If you're hunting for creative approaches to life, come on in. Online community for babes (who just happen to be chronic).

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The Healing Mind

LINK:Dr. Marty Rossman on Guided Imagery, other books and CDs including:"Fighting Cancer from Within" 415-925-8600

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