Sharing Feelings Can Help Breast Cancer Survivors
[07/10/2001; Reuters Health]
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For breast cancer survivors, sharing
thoughts, feelings and fears with family and friends can lessen
the effect that negative thoughts can have on quality of life,
study findings suggest.
The study of 64 breast cancer survivors
aged 30 to 81 found that survivors who disclosed their hopes,
fears and concerns with people who were close to them had a better
mental and physical quality of life than those who did not share
their feelings, regardless of their cancer treatment.
two thirds of women had completed cancer therapy more than 5
years before the study began.
``The results of this study suggest
that social support may be an important buffer to long-term negative
effects of cancer and its treatment on the lives of long-term
survivors,'' Julie A. Lewis of Children's National Medical Center
in Washington, DC, and colleagues write in the Journal of Behavioral
Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Am Psychosomatic Soc, 3/04
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