Overview (first link below) on how psychotherapy can be of value to cancer patients. An interesting read.
Studies show that stress by itself does not cause cancer. Depression, however, can negatively impact survival. Psychotherapy can improve quality of life. Some antidepressants can interfere with some anti-cancer drugs. Some anti-cancer drugs can trigger depression or interfere with mental processes ("chemo-brain"). There is a shortage of psychiatrists specializing in "psycho-oncology" and more are needed in this growing field..
From article:"With longer cancer-patient survival, the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross stages are no longer an adequate way to think about death and dying … now, with effective treatments, new therapies on the horizon, and longer average survival, the process of dying is a lot more cyclical and complex"
“I [one of the doctors] was a philosophy major in college and got interested in existential philosophy. One of the key concepts in existential philosophy is that you really don’t live authentically until you face the prospect of non-being and that facing death can be an opportunity for personal growth, not just decline"
"Most oncologists feared that it [psychotherapy] would make cancer patients feel worse, not better. But I found myself tremendously engaged in trying to help them. There was something so compelling and honest about the way that they faced their own mortality and grieved one another’s losses."
“We found out that it [psychotherapy] was not harmful, but actually helpful, it not only reduced their [the patients'] anxiety, depression, and physical pain, but even added to survival time … support groups for cancer patients have become increasingly accepted, so that today most major cancer centers offer them.”
"… psycho-oncology is one of the few potential growth areas for psychiatry.”psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/pn.47.6.psychnews_47_6_14-a
Something else. The link below is to something I came across while researching "cancer" and "psychoanalysis" on the web. Technically it's off-topic, but it was so interesting that I decided to include it here because I thought others might find it interesting too.
It's a voice recording of Sigmund Freud, the great psychoanalyst himself, talking for a couple of minutes or so about
his work on a 1938 BBC radio broadcast.
(NOTE: the recording itself is rather poor, but listenable, but it's made all the more challenging due to Freud's heavy German accent. However, there is a transcript
ion of what he is saying just above the audio playbox, so you can easily read it and follow along with what he is saying)./www.facebook.com/FreudQuotes/posts/1623429944549038
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