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March 22, 2018

Facing Difficult Emotions: Do You Stuff, Flee or Flip Out?

(The first in a two-post blog series)

What’s your go-to strategy when you’re feeling angry, sad, hurt, or afraid? Maybe you stuff these emotions down deep so they rarely surface. Perhaps you wolf them down with a supersize order of fries, or kill a few beers. Maybe you run, literally wearing down the tread on your shoes to escape. How about a Netflix™ binge, or gaming marathon?

When you’re living with cancer, you’ll probably spin through a wheel of emotions rivaling any amusement park ride. (Round and round and round she goes, where she stops, nobody knows!) During times of stress, some emotions (especially the more challenging ones)...

March 7, 2018

When cancer gets your patients down, who are they gonna call?

For busting cancer-related stress and anxiety, researchers examined the effectiveness of various eHealth applications.

Researchers recruited cancer-affected women from social media, patient internet platforms, and patient networks and selected 716 participants. They asked patients about their needs and wishes regarding psycho-oncological support and published their findings in JMIR Cancer. As the study authors noted, “psycho-oncological interventions must address specific needs and demands of cancer-affected patients to sustainably improve their well-being.”

Women preferred to receive psycho-oncological eHealth interventions from w...

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