Spring Lake, MI. — May 15, 2012—The Absenger Cancer Education Foundation, Spring Lake, Michigan, is pleased to announce the initiation of an interventional, supportive care, randomized efficacy study to evaluate the effects of a Mind-Body Skills Group on measures of Quality of Life (QoL) in a population of cancer patients. The study will enroll 24 cancer patients in a 4-week (8 sessions, 2 per week) study starting May 28, 2012 and concluding June 21, 2012.
According to the National Cancer Institute, distress is common to almost every cancer patient because of many stressors associated with different stages of cancer and the associated oncological treatment, but only a small number of distressed patients receive the help necessary to address their distress.
The implications of this neglect of untreated distress in a cancer patient can lead to amplified pain, increased desire for hastened death, increased disability, impaired ability to participate in end of life planning, and diminished psychosocial functioning. Thus it is imperative that oncological providers address the utilization of services that address distress and potentially improving clinical outcomes. Despite encouraging research showing that psychosocial interventions have positive effects in the lives of cancer patients, more research is needed due to several problems of existing research. The study titled “A Pilot Study To Assess Guidance in and Subsequent Use of Mind-Body Techniques on the Quality of Life of Cancer Patients” will add to existing scientific body of Mind-Body Medicine while participants may obtain a greater personal awareness, knowledge, and understanding of mind-body interventions.
A Face-to-Face Orientation will take place:
(The Face-to-Face orientation is recommended if you
plan on being enrolled in the Face-To-Face MBM Group)
When: Monday, May 21, 2012
Time: 10am EDT (will last approximately 2 hours)
Where: Spring Lake District Library, 123 E. Exchange Street, Spring Lake, MI, 494546
An Online Orientation will take place:
(The Online orientation is recommended if you are planning on being enrolled in the Online MBM Group)
When: Monday, May 21, 2012
Time: 2pm EDT (will last approximately 2 hours)
Where: Information on how to participate in orientation is available by requesting Study Materials at http://wernerabsenger.com/Pilot_Study.html
About the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation (ACEF)(http://wernerabsenger.com/Pilot_Study.html)
Vision: Utilizing twenty-first century science and technology, the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation (ACEF) will help update nineteenth century understanding of Mind-Body practices towards the prevention and treatment of cancer.
Oversight: The study proposal underwent review at the Saybrook University Institutional Review Board, Saybrook University, 747 Front St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111-1920.
Source: Absenger Cancer Education Foundation
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