[MOL] Family support most important in cancer care [03084] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] Family support most important in cancer care

Here's an article relating to what we have been talking about...love, Joicy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new survey shows that of
Americans who have cancer or a family member with the disease,
75% feel that family support is extremely important--more important
than an understanding doctor, new medical advances or religion. The
survey was released here on Wednesday by the charitable organization
founded in the name of comedian and actress Gilda Radner, who
died from cancer in 1989. Radner would have been 54 on Wednesday. ``People
do not have to be alone when cancer is in the family--social
and emotional support is as important as medical care,'' said
Joanna Bull, the founder Gilda's Club, a group that provides
social and emotional support for cancer patients and their families.

Of the almost 1,100 men and women across the US over the age of
18 who were surveyed, 57% had cancer or had a family member with
the disease. According to the survey, cancer patients say that
sustaining a positive mental outlook is the most difficult aspect
of the disease. Their family members, on the other hand, say
that dealing with chemotherapy and other treatments is the most
difficult. Handling stress, maintaining a normal lifestyle and
dealing with anxiety or depression are also issues that cancer
patients and their families face.

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