Sharing Feelings Impacts Quality of Life

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.

Nearly 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 Medicine.

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