Meditation can help you manage stress, symptoms of chronic illness, and enhance your overall health and well-being.
We are less than ten days away from bringing evidence-based mind-body medicine interventions to West Michigan. The Absenger Cancer Education Foundation (ACEF) will be West Michigan’s only organization dedicated exclusively to integrate evidence-based mind-body medicine, designed and tailored to guide and support you and your family’s cancer survivorship needs.
Your cancer experience may trigger fears about dependency and the loss of autonomy. Acute awareness of your mortality may threaten the values that shape your meaning of life. What do you do when experiences of loss of good health and fear of dying from cancer overwhelm your every thought?
Why not turn to survivors who have been there before? True, their insights and experiences will not be able to prepare you thoroughly for your cancer survivorship experience. After all, your experience is unique to you. You might however get a glimpse of the many ways cancer support groups or individual counseling can help you in what at times might be very tumultuous times.
Cancer support groups and individual counseling can help you potentially improve your quality of life. I just wanted to take a moment to illustrate how cancer patients have used support groups and individual counseling to help them deal with their cancer experience. In no particular order, here are eight studies that speak to why we offer cancer support groups and why we think that you might benefit from our survivorship programs.
The first study expresses the difficulties some cancer patients might face in dealing with the emotional mayhem of diagnosis, treatment, and later survivorship. You might find some similarities to your situation.
Mapping the Cancer Journey: Cancer as a Turning Point
Cancer is unavoidably a turning point in your life. The difficulty will be for you to understand this turning point. Predictably, there will be a “before” and “after” cancer diagnosis. In that moment of cancer diagnosis and on, you become a patient who is treated for her illness. You are no longer the distinct person you were before you walked into your oncologist’s office. When you heard, “you have cancer” you joined 5000 cancer survivors who heard the same words on that day (Gordon & Edwards, 2005; Mailman, 2014).
Guided imagery is one of the most often used integrative mind-body medicine cancer modalities. Is it right for you?
National Institutes of Health Panel (NIH): Definite evidence for hypnosis in alleviating chronic pain in cancer.
Yoga therapy is increasingly sought out by cancer patients and survivors of all cultural backgrounds for symptom relief.
Immunity is positively affected by drum circles, which have been part of healing ceremonies since ancient times.
Why Should Parents Consider Music Therapy for Their Pediatric Oncology Patient?
Young children make up a significant part of the pediatric cancer population. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12,400 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Forty-nine percent of reported cases occur in children nine years of age or younger.
Music therapy is the clinical use of music interventions to accomplish healing and well-being and the establishment of a therapeutic relationship. Kanitz, Camus, and Seifert (2013) report on a controlled study of music therapy for stem-cells transplant recipients. The researchers found lessened sleep disturbances in the music therapy group.