Cancer patients in Washington DC were approached and asked to write about their illnesses. This study was to see if actually writing about ones feelings, fears, and concerns about dealing with cancer would improve the quality of life. So far, the medical journal known as The Oncologist said that out of all of the people that took part in this activity, half of them were reported to change the way they looked at the cancer.
Nancy Morgan conducted the exercise. She is part of the Lombardi Center’s Arts and Humanities Program. The Lombardi Center is part of Georgetown University in Washington DC. This center was named after the famous and legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins, Vince Lombardi.
Lombardi himself was treated for cancer at the Georgetown University Hospital. This center has been in existence for about 38 years.
Writing about fears of cancer as a means to help improve the quality of life from patients seems to be a new method. The results show that it is effective in most cases. This new “expressive writing” exercise seems to be a new thing launched by the Lombardi Center.
The study shows that the younger patients along with those recently diagnosed seemed likely to benefit from writing the most.
This exercise lasts at least twenty minutes. Patients write about how much the cancer has changed them and how they are feeling and coping with them. So far, it looked to have positive results. Almost half said that they changed their thoughts about being diagnosed with cancer. Almost forty-percent changed their thoughts about the current predicament they were in.
Morgan explains: “Thoughts and feelings, or the cognitive processing and emotions related to cancer, are key writing elements associated with health benefits, according to previous studies.”
She stated that the patients have to write about their thoughts, feelings, and so forth, and not just about the facts of cancer.
On an unrelated note, a 52-year-old woman named Chantal Sebire from Dijon, France, died on Wednesday, March 19. Sebire suffered from a rare cancer of the naval cavity called esthesioneuroblastoma. It had left her disfigured and in pain.
She had lost her senses of sight, smell, and taste.
It is unknown how she had died. Two days prior, her plea to seek euthanasia was denied by the court. She was planning to go to Switzerland, where euthanasia is legal. It has already been ruled that she did not die of natural causes.