Lending support to cancer patients increases their chances of survival. That is the important message for cancer patients, their families, and friends that has emerged from a study involving 4,691 cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy. Among those cancer patients who survived cancer for at least 5 years after completing the treatment, engaging in regular social interaction boosted their further survival by two percent. From a medical standpoint, researchers believe that engaging with visitors helps reduce cancer survivors’ levels of stress hormones. An excessive buildup of hormones such as adrenaline may lower their chances of survival. From a psychological standpoint, providing much-needed support to cancer survivors helps reinvigorate their lives with a heavy dose of love.
Consequently, the support of a licensed therapist can potentially help a cancer survivor to live a longer and healthier post-cancer life. We will be there to support and guide you as you seek the strength within yourself to move beyond the past and embrace the future with renewed excitement and vitality. Call one of our offices today or take the on-line assessment on this website.
P.S. Keeping a friend company during chemotherapy is probably more likely to reduce his or her stress than interacting with other cancer patients.