Posts Tagged ‘cancer patients’

Can Music Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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A new review published by Cochrane Library found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain, and fatigue in cancer patients, while also boosting their quality of life. Researchers looked at studies that examined the impact of music therapy (a personalized music experience provided by trained music therapists), and music medicine (listening to prerecorde4d music offered by by a doctor or nurse) on psychological and physical outcomes in people with cancer.

Researchers examined a total of 52 trials in the review that constituted 3,731 cancer participants. Twenty three of the trials were considered to be music therapy, and the remaining 29 were classified as music medicine interventions. One of the most important finding was that all kinds of music interventions resulted in a moderate to strong effect in reducing anxiety of patients. For music and pain reduction, they  found a large treatment benefit, and for fatigue they found a small to moderate treatment effect. They also found small reductions in heart and respiratory rates and a lower blood pressure associated with music interventions. Researchers continued “The results of single studies suggest that music listening may reduce the nee4d for anesthetics and analgesics, as well as decreased recovery time and duration of hospitalization, but more research is needed for these outcomes.” They concluded “We hope that the findings of this review will encourage health care providers in medical settings to seriously consider the use of music therapy in the psychosocial care of people with cancer.”

Exercise for Chemo Induced Neuropathy.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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A new study reported at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting reported that some simple and inexpensive exercises can reduce neuropathy in hands and feet due to chemotherapy. In the study of over 300 cancer patients researchers compared the neuropathic symptoms (shooting or burning pain, tingling, numbness, and sensitivity to cold) in patients who took part in a specialized six-week walking routine with gentle, resistant band training at home to those who did not exercise. Results showed that the exercisers reported significantly fewer symptoms of neuropathy and the benefits seemed to be most beneficial to older patients. The exercise program used was developed by Karen Mustian at the University of Rochester and is known as the Exercise for Cancer Patients (EXCAP) which as been copyrighted and evaluated. In one recent study it was shown to reduce chronic inflammation and congnative impairment amon people receiving chemotherapy.

One researcher said “Twelve years ago when we started this work a lot of people saqid it was not safe for most cancer patients to exercise. Now we know it can be safe when done correctly, and that it has measurable benefits. But more exercis ins’t always better for patients who are going through chemo-so it’s important to continue our work  and find a way to personalize exercise iun a way that will help each individual.”  More research is planned.

Effective Pain Reduction for Chemo Cancer Pts

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

 

Malignant MelanomaA new study reported at the annual Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society this week concluded that neurofeedback decreased the chronic pain and increased the quality of life in patients with neuropathic pain. Researchers said “Chemotherapy-inducedperipheral neuropathy is very common in cancer patients and there is currently only one medication approved to treat it.  I’m rncouraged to drr the signnificant improvements in patients quality of life after treatment.  This treatment is customized to the omdovodia, and is relatively inexpensive, non-invasive and non-addictive.”   Chronic chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a side effect of chemotherapy affecting 71 to 96% of patients within a month of receiving chemotherapy and causes pain, burning, tingling, and loss of feeling due to the damage to nerves that control sensation and movement of arms and legs.

Sevently-one patients with all types of cancer at MD Anderson who were at least 3 months post chemotherapy treatment were enrolled in the study. All subjects reported more than a 3 on the National Cancer Institutes Neuropathy Rating Scale and completed assessments that dewtermined the brain activity related to their pain, pain pervceptionn and quality of life. The subjects were randomized to one of two groups in which one received neurofeedback and the other that served as a control received no treatment. subjects in the treatment group attended 20 sessions of neurofeedback training where they played a computer game that rewarded them when they modified their brainwave activity in the affected areas. They then learned to modify the activity without immediate reward from the game.

Following treatment was over subjects repeated the EEG and assessments to determine change in pain perception, cancer related symptoms and general quality of life. The EEG patterns showed cortical activity characterized by increased activation in the parietal and frontal sites compared to a normal population.  After controling for baseline levels, neurofeedback significantly reduced pain. numbnrdd, intensity and unplesantness, and reduced how much pain interfered with daily activities. Statistically 73 percent had improvement in their pain and quality of life. Patients with chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy also exhibited specific and predictible EEG signatures that changed with neurofeedback.

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to form new connections and change existing ones. This study demonstrated that neurofeedback induces neuroplasticity to modulate brain activity and improve chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy. A second study has been funded to focus on breast cancer patients and neuropathy.

Can a Single Dose of Magic Mushrooms Reduce Anxiety and Depression in Life Threatening Cancer Patients?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

logo1267406_mdA new study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology concluded that a single dose of psilocybin, the major hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms. Induced decreases in depression and anxiety that lasted up to six months in patients with life threatening cancer. In the study the researchers studied the effects of psilocybin on them after receiving one dose significantly high enough to induce changes in perception and mystical type experiences. Patients reported significantly lower levels of anxiety and depression compared with patients who received a low dose of the drug and this positive effect lasted 6 months.

Dr Bernie Siegel and Leslie Davenport on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

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Dr Bernie Siegel opened the series on Inspirational Stories of Individuals who used Faith in Healing. The second lead for the series, Dr Harold Koenig, will be interviewed on the next show in this series.

Dr Siegel is internationally know for his work on patient empowerment, Exceptional Cancer Patients and other mind-body medicine concepts. He had written numerous books and given lectures around the world. More information was presented earlier on this blog and can also be found at www.berniesiegelmd.com

The second guest on this show, Leslie Davenport, is a psychotherapist and founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing in California. Her book Healing and Transformation Through Self Guided Imagery has been reviewed in Family Circle and other magazines. More information is available on an earlier blog here and also on www.lesliedavenport.com

Enjoy the interview below.

Dr Francisco Contreras, Director, Oasis of Hope, to be Interviewed by Dr Carl O Helvie

Monday, September 7th, 2009

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Dr Francisco Contreras, Director, President and Chairman of the Oasis of Hope Hospital will be my first guest on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday. Dr Contreras graduated with honors from the prestigous School of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and continued his studies at the University of Vienna, Austria where he specialized in surgical oncology and again graduated with honors. He is recognized as a cancer expert who combines conventional and alternative treatments with emotional and spiritual support. In his position he oversees the treatment of 400 cancer patients annually.
He received personal instructions from his father, Dr Ernesto Contreras who was an alternative medicine pioneer. The Oasis of Hope was founded in 1963 and since then the hospital has provided integrative cancer treatment for over 100,000 patients. Dr Contreras will talk about
the outstanding success in recovery of their cancer patients that has gained a high regard for the care provided. One of the latest most notorized patients was Daniel Hauser the teen from Minnesota with cancer whose mother ran away and took him to the Oasis of Hope with the police following her.
Dr Contreras lectures frequently at Universities and Conferences throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. He has authored 12 books on cancer including The Hope of Living Cancer Free, The Coming Cancer Cure, Fighting Cancer 20 Different Ways, Dismantling Cancer, and the recently published Hope, Medicine and Healing. More information is available at www.oasisofhope.com