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February 23, 2018

Learn to manage thoughts to manage your stress

Living with stress is part of the human experience. It’s how we feel: “I’m so stressed out.”  It’s an outside force: “The stress is so intense.” It’s something we do: “I’m stressing about it.”
 

Your body reacts to stress both physically and emotionally. You can experience stress from your external environment (a powerful tornado, loud noise from a busy street, which interferes with sleep), your internal body (infections, recovering from surgery, injury), and your thoughts (emotional and psychological stress).

Take for example, the additional perceived stress of your own cancer experience. While your illness or its side effects may be stressing y...

February 7, 2018

Grappling with PTSD after a cancer diagnosis

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is no longer a term only familiar to health care professionals; it has become a fixture in popular culture. Sadly, the disorder has been sensationalized frequently for dramatic effect and the term continues to be over- and incorrectly used. There is still much to be learned about PTSD—especially among cancer patients.

In a recent study, researchers aimed to assess the predictors and course of PTSD in adult patients with cancer. Published in Cancer, the study was unique in several ways. It was the first cohort in the South-East Asia region, patients were evaluated using gold-standard clinical interviews and the...

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