Sunday, April 3, 2011

Reducing anxiety in breast cancer survivors

Oncology is an interesting business. I don't know why patient mental health is not a key part of the whole "you've got cancer," experience.

I realize oncologists are busy killing cancer cells, doing research, and all sorts of paperwork.

Most cancer centers have social workers, but most patients do not get help unless they specifically ask for it.

I really think everyone who is diagnosed should be offered help right off the bat, and this next study kind of shows why.

It points to which woman have anxiety about recurrence. Communication is key in reducing anxiety. Management of side effects is also key.

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