Path to Healing With Cancer: An Innovative Supportive Group Using Expressive and Creating Therapies, Meditation, and Massage

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165710
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Path to Healing With Cancer: An Innovative Supportive Group Using Expressive and Creating Therapies, Meditation, and Massage
Author(s):
Healey, Martha
Author Details:
Martha Healey, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Abstract:
Background: Many cancer survivors want to learn new tools to enhance their recovery and live well beyond cancer. Studies have documented the benefits of support groups, mind-body techniques, massage, and expressive therapies. Traditionally these different interventions have been offered separately to patients, rather than integrating them within one therapeutic format. Recognizing the value of each of these interventions, coupled by patients' requests for "more than a typical support group," an innovative "supportive" group, Path to Healing With Cancer (PHWC), was created. Intervention: PHWC is a monthly group for persons with cancer. Two healthcare professionals facilitate the group; one, an advanced practice oncology nurse with training and experience in expressive therapies and meditation, the other, a clinical social worker who is also a cancer survivor and meditation instructor. The group, held at Hope Lodge, an American Cancer Society "home-away from home" for cancer patients, takes place from 6-9 pm. Cancer patients in the community as well as those at Hope Lodge attend. The evening combines guided meditation, gentle body movement, art, writing, and dialogue. Each session has a theme, usually consistent with the seasons (i.e., "planting our seeds and blossoming"). After two hours, massage, Reiki, and reflexology are offered, without charge, by certified professionals who volunteer their services. The evening ends with informal sharing and light refreshments. Evaluation: Since its inception in December 1999, the group has grown with approximately 12 participants each month, many coming since its inception. Some participants travel over an hour to attend this group. Although formal evaluations have not been conducted, consistent participation and verbal feedback are indicative of its benefits: "This is the one thing I do for myself each month that I never want to miss." "This group gives me strength and peace of mind more than any other group I've attended." Interpretation: Success of this innovative group is evident. Cancer patients are seeking group interventions that incorporate various integrative therapies to enhance their recovery. PHWC is a unique group and provides a model for oncology nurses and other professionals to refer or offer such programs to complement the care of their cancer patients.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Washington, D.C., USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePath to Healing With Cancer: An Innovative Supportive Group Using Expressive and Creating Therapies, Meditation, and Massageen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHealey, Marthaen_US
dc.author.detailsMartha Healey, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USAen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165710-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Many cancer survivors want to learn new tools to enhance their recovery and live well beyond cancer. Studies have documented the benefits of support groups, mind-body techniques, massage, and expressive therapies. Traditionally these different interventions have been offered separately to patients, rather than integrating them within one therapeutic format. Recognizing the value of each of these interventions, coupled by patients' requests for "more than a typical support group," an innovative "supportive" group, Path to Healing With Cancer (PHWC), was created. Intervention: PHWC is a monthly group for persons with cancer. Two healthcare professionals facilitate the group; one, an advanced practice oncology nurse with training and experience in expressive therapies and meditation, the other, a clinical social worker who is also a cancer survivor and meditation instructor. The group, held at Hope Lodge, an American Cancer Society "home-away from home" for cancer patients, takes place from 6-9 pm. Cancer patients in the community as well as those at Hope Lodge attend. The evening combines guided meditation, gentle body movement, art, writing, and dialogue. Each session has a theme, usually consistent with the seasons (i.e., "planting our seeds and blossoming"). After two hours, massage, Reiki, and reflexology are offered, without charge, by certified professionals who volunteer their services. The evening ends with informal sharing and light refreshments. Evaluation: Since its inception in December 1999, the group has grown with approximately 12 participants each month, many coming since its inception. Some participants travel over an hour to attend this group. Although formal evaluations have not been conducted, consistent participation and verbal feedback are indicative of its benefits: "This is the one thing I do for myself each month that I never want to miss." "This group gives me strength and peace of mind more than any other group I've attended." Interpretation: Success of this innovative group is evident. Cancer patients are seeking group interventions that incorporate various integrative therapies to enhance their recovery. PHWC is a unique group and provides a model for oncology nurses and other professionals to refer or offer such programs to complement the care of their cancer patients.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:23:32Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:23:32Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name27th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationWashington, D.C., USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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