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Mind-Body Therapy- “We’re In This Together” Fighting Spirit

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How well cancer patients fared after chemotherapy was affected by their social interaction (mind-body therapy) with other patients during treatment…The best outcome was when patients interacted with someone who survived for five years or longer…

Mind-body therapy is powerful. Cancer patients form bonds with other cancer survivors, especially when they have the same cancer.  I’ve seen it happen in settings beyond relationships formed at the hospital.

This may sound self-serving but I think cancer patients who hang around me also live longer. We talk about all things cancer. Not just mind-body therapy. We talk about our experiences with both conventional and non-conventional therapies. We love to share our collateral damage aka side effects stories.

The bad news is that we may share TMI (too much information). The good news is that we live longer.

I am a long-term cancer survivor and cancer coach. Have you been diagnosed with cancer? What type? What stage? Please scroll down the page and share!

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer 

Social interaction affects cancer patients’ response to treatment

“How well cancer patients fared after chemotherapy was affected by their social interaction with other patients during treatment, according to a new study. Cancer patients were a little more likely to survive for five years or more after chemotherapy if they interacted during chemotherapy with other patients who also survived for five years or more…

“People model behavior based on what’s around them,”  “For example, you will often eat more when you’re dining with friends, even if you can’t see what they’re eating. When you’re bicycling, you will often perform better when you’re cycling with others, regardless of their performance…”

The researchers examined the total time a patient spent with the same patients undergoing chemotherapy and their five-year survival rate…They also reviewed a room schematic to confirm the assumption that patients were potentially positioned to interact….”

The best outcome was when patients interacted with someone who survived for five years or longer…”

 

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