Essay about Alternative Cancer Treatment

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Alternative Cancer Treatment

Today, many psychologists feel that psychological therapy can give cancer patients’ a longer life. The first to take this stance was Psychiatrist David Spiegel M.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine, in a 1989 study Spiegel gathered patients once a week to discuss there feelings about the cancer and here they received support from other cancer sufferers. “When Spiegel followed up a decade later, he discovered that patients who had participated in the sessions had survived an average of 18 months longer than those in the control group” (Clay,2000). It is felt that if you can tap into a patients mind and help them deal with the cancer by dealing in the mental aspect of it that it will be
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Little’s doctor who has performed these studies is Alastair J. Cunningham Ph. D. a senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute. The studies were that Cunningham, had experts predict patients life span’s and then he implemented his therapy. He found out that people who worked hard at change psychologically lived three times longer than predicted. Only two patients died on schedule, presumably the least active. “It makes sense to me that the people who live longer are those who make substantial psychological changes, says Cunningham” (Clay,2000). Despite these studies there is still relatively little information on psychological treatment of cancer. However, many people see this as a breakthrough in helping to deal with a big medical problem like cancer. Many psychologists feel that psychological treatment is also a good way to teach patients how to endure their physical treatments. Many of these treatments present physical problems, but the treatments are almost more taxing on the mind. “Research clearly shows that unrelieved pain can slow recovery, create burdens for patients and their families and increase costs to the health care system.” (Rabasca, 1999). In overcoming anything whether it is a task for work, school or anything that can be physically and mentally draining like cancer, it is important to keep a strong mind and a positive outlook no matter how rough it is. Most patients of cancer are so far
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