Research on Cancer Survivors might Expose Ways to Fight Elevated Anxiety

The Group of Researchers from CU-Boulder

With various forms of researches and studies being conducted on diseases, disorders and other ailments, it is impossible to miss out the one and only multi-role killer that goes by the name if ‘Anxiety’.

To examine this notorious diseases, a group of researchers from CU-Boulder have decided to dedicate several years on the potent and disastrous illness that has now taken form of elevated anxiety amongst cancer survivors.

The study reveals that such form of anxiety can remain attached to you for more than decade and can bring out some serious tolls on every aspect of your life. You become almost response less to social life, detrimental lifestyle and a much higher bill that can eventually leave you broke for the rest of your life.

What is this Research About?

It was announced that the upcoming study for the new research will be done on a four year basis between the local communities where the sessions will also be held. According to the amount of care that is normally given to acceptance based groups, many patients still get cold feet after finally getting to know how they defeated cancer. This study was financed by American Cancer Society and carried out with the help of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers.

Being the infamous illness as Anxiety already is, there has been very less medical thought and research on the psychological triggers and how to deactivate them in Medical Science. The reason that it affects cancer survivors into a series of emotional and distressful frenzy is that they have already experienced a lot and can easily fathom the consequences of medical failure.


Dr. Joanna Arch on Elevated Anxiety

According to Joanna Arch who is the leading investigator of the research, is also a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience – she believes that,

“Elevated anxiety is one of the most under-addressed concerns when it comes to cancer survivors”.

She also claimed that “These feelings can be particularly intense during a patient’s re-entry phase, when he or she shifts from being a cancer patient undergoing active treatment to a post-treatment cancer survivor.” Joanna Arch said that prime reasons for their episodes of anxiety attacks in cancer patients could be medical, existential or just too logical.

Joanna explained why patients are afraid and remain under their shells in fear that at any point of their lives the monstrous cancer could come back. She said that,

“The primary fear among patients is that the cancer will come back or that another form of the disease will develop,” said Arch. “But others struggle with personal identity questions and find that their pre-cancer priorities no longer fit with their post-cancer self. Their sense of meaning has shifted and that can lead to a complete re-evaluation of the people and priorities in their lives.”

It involves ACT, or Acceptance Commitment Therapy which heavily relies on evidence. The main objective of the study is to calculate the efficiency of this therapy against other methods. The patients are carefully chosen and enrolled into the examination that helps the researchers to note down the behaviors and detect any positive psychosocial outcomes. This helps the cancer survivors to accept their positions as ex-cancer patients, strengthen their goals for future, show their personal values and express their changing attitude.

The location of the research was decided to be a community cancer care center – since the purpose was to show the community’s settings where massive numbers of cancer patients are getting their treatment and care.

The results deduced from this study could potentially help the cancer patients in reducing if not eliminating their daily dosage of anxiety drastically. It will also help those people who have just gone through their diagnosis of cancer and have lost all their hopes by developing acute anxiety. ACT is just the beginning as we are hoping to make it a legitimate form of therapy for survivors, and not just cancer ones.

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