Psychiatric benefits of integrative therapies in patients with cancer Journal Article


Author: Cassileth, B. R.
Article Title: Psychiatric benefits of integrative therapies in patients with cancer
Abstract: Integrative oncology uses non-pharmacological adjuncts to mainstream care to manage physical, emotional, and psychological symptoms experienced by cancer survivors. Depression, anxiety, fatigue and pain are among the common, often burdensome symptoms that can occur in clusters, deplete patient morale, interfere with treatment plans, and hamper recovery. Patients already seek various modalities on their own to address a broad range of problems. Legitimate complementary therapies offered at major cancer institutions improve quality of life, speed recovery, and optimize patient support. They also augment the benefits of psychiatric interventions, due to their ability to increase self-awareness and improve physical and psychological conditioning. Further, these integrated therapies provide lifelong tools and develop skills that patients use well after treatment to develop self-care regimens. The active referral of patients to integrative therapies achieves three important objectives: complementary care is received from therapists experienced in working with cancer patients, visits become part of the medical record, allowing treatment teams to guide individuals in maximizing benefit, and patients are diverted from useless or harmful 'alternatives.' We review the reciprocal physical and psychiatric benefits of exercise, mind-body practices, massage, acupuncture, and music therapy for cancer survivors, and suggest how their use can augment mainstream psychiatric interventions. © 2014 Institute of Psychiatry.
Keywords: cancer patient; neoplasm; exercise; cancer therapy; cancer survivor; music therapy; acupuncture; integrative medicine; massage; mental health; movement (physiology); human; priority journal; article
Journal Title: International Review of Psychiatry
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0954-0261
Publisher: Informa Healthcare  
Date Published: 2014-02-01
Start Page: 114
End Page: 127
Language: English
DOI: 10.3109/09540261.2013.838153
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 24716505
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Notes: Export Date: 2 April 2014 -- CODEN: IRPSE -- Source: Scopus
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