by R.B. Hopkins MBA, R. Goeree MA, and C.J. Longo PhD.
Current Oncology 2010
Using primary and secondary data sources, we set out to estimate the Canadian wage loss from cancer for patients, caregivers, and parents from a patient and a societal perspective.
by M.D. Duncan MSc, A. Leis PhD, and J. Taylor–Brown MSW RSW.
Current Oncology 2008
Background: Individuals have increasingly sought complementary therapies to enhance health and well-being during cancer, although little evidence of their effect is available.
Objectives: We investigated
- how an Iyengar yoga program affects the self-identified worst symptom in a group of participants.
- whether quality of life, spiritual well-being, and mood disturbance change over the Iyengar yoga program and at 6 weeks after the program.
- how, from a participant’s perspective, the Iyengar yoga program complements conventional cancer treatment. Continue reading
by M.L.S. Vachon, RN Phd.
Current Oncology 2008
Cancer can lead to spiritual transformation, which can be seen as a form of alchemy. During this process, patients, family members, and even professional caregivers can find themselves having spiritual experiences that go beyond any they had previously encountered. This paper provides qualitative descriptions of the “Field” or “Soul Wisdom” experienced by patients and caregivers.
by M.J. Verhoef PhD,* H.S. Boon PhD,† and S.A. Page PhD*.
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To ensure the safety and effectiveness of cancer management, it is important for physicians treating cancer patients to know whether their patients are using complementary and alternative medicine (cam) and if so, why.
by A.J. Cunningham OC, PhD CPsych.
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Research on the factors that promote healing of the body through mind and spirit is at a very early stage. Reliance on experimental designs seems premature; we need much more exploratory research to identify relevant variables and useful therapeutic approaches before applying to them the same methods used to evaluate drugs. The Healing Journey is a program that has been in operation since 1982 at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Ontario. Observational data collection, followed by qualitative analysis has demonstrated benefits for many cancer patients.
by Jonathan Klein, MD
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian men and their third-highest cause of cancer death 1. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian men carry a 14.3% lifetime chance of diagnosis and a 3.7% risk of dying from the disease 2.The discovery of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in 1970 and subsequent development and approval of measurement assays for the compound have been the subject of immense hope that it could serve as a screening marker for the disease 3,4. However, the definitive answer as to PSA’s usefulness as a screening and detection mechanism for prostate cancer has been elusive and subject to much controversy. Indeed, a recent commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine labeled the PSA-screening debate “the controversy that refuses to die” 5.