Interesting Mayo Clinic study which showed structured sessions (combination of physical and talk therapy, along with relaxation techniques and spiritual discussions), showed improvements in quality of life in the short-term but not in the long-term, as well as not necessarily helping caregivers. Perhaps it is in that transition phase, when we are coming to terms with our new ‘normal’ and cancer layer to our identity, that these kinds of interventions are most useful. Quote:
(Matthew) Clark said patients can ask their oncologists what types of resources are available to help them cope with cancer and their treatment – from chaplains to exercise programs – and decide what’s best for them.
“Think about what really helps you maintain your quality of life,” he said.
“Caring for cancer is not just caring for the body,” (Allison) Applebaum emphasized. “Attending to quality of life, the mental health, the spiritual components, is really important.”