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Mind–Body Medicine in Integrative Cancer Care 

Mind–Body Medicine in Integrative Cancer Care
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Mind–Body Medicine in Integrative Cancer Care
Author(s):

Martin L. Rossman

and Dean Shrock

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0013
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date: 15 October 2019

Chapter 13 discusses Mind–Body medicine in integrative cancer care, including the psychological challenges of a cancer diagnosis, how professionals need to be aware of the power of their communications and use them skilfully when talking with a patient, the wide range of mind–body approaches to help cancer patients, including self-care tools, groups, or individual therapy sessions, that mind–body approaches improve quality of life, that mind–body therapies can reduce anxiety and depression, temper adverse effects of cancer treatments, relieve pain, stimulate immune responses, and help people deal with a wide range of cancer-related stress (relationships, decision-making, future planning, loss, and end-of-life issues), and that mind–body approaches have minimal risk, significant benefits, low cost, and should be the standard of care with every cancer patient.

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