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Writing may ease stress of cancer.

Encouraging patients with cancer to write down their fears about the disease may improve their quality of life, according to according to
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Researchers approached 71 patients waiting in a clinic at a cancer center to take part in an expressive writing exercise lasting 20 minutes. The exercise posed questions to patients with leukemia leukemia (lkē`mēə), cancerous disorder of the blood-forming tissues (bone marrow, lymphatics, liver, spleen) characterized by excessive production of immature or mature  or lymphoma lymphoma, a cancer of the tissue of the lymphatic system. There are two categories of lymphomas. One type is termed Hodgkin's disease, the other, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (see lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's). See also neoplasm.  about how the cancer had changed them and how they felt about those changes. The participants completed a baseline The horizontal line to which the bottoms of lowercase characters (without descenders) are aligned. See typeface.

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 assessment, the 20-minute writing task, post-writing assessment, and a three-week follow-up (88% completed the writing task, and 56% completed the follow-up).

When those taking part were contacted again a few weeks later, 49% said that the writing had changed their thoughts about their illness, whereas 38% said that their feelings toward their situation had changed. Reports of changes in thoughts about illness immediately after writing were significantly associated with better physical quality of life at follow-up, controlling for baseline quality of life.

Morgan, N.P., Graves, K.D., Poggi, E.A., & Cheson, B.D. (2008). Implementing an expressive writing study in a cancer clinic. Oncologist Oncologist
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Author:McBride, Deborah
Publication:ONS Connect
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Date:Dec 1, 2008
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