Psycho-Oncologic Interventions May Improve Patients’ Distress and Quality of Life

According to a study published in the Feb. 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology adults with cancer can experience improvements in their emotional distress levels and in their quality of life through the use of psycho-oncologic interventions, such as relaxation, individual and group psychotherapy, and psychoeducation. Hermann Faller, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Würzburg in Germany, and colleagues searched the literature and identified 198 studies involving 22,238 patients with the goal of examing the effects of psycho-oncologic interventions on emotional distress and quality of life in adult cancer patients. The researchers found that individual and group psychotherapy [...]

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Lycopene – Just Another Bust!

A group of investigators, interested in the influence of lycopene on both the clinical and laboratory progression of advanced prostate cancer in men with hormone refractory prostate cancer, ran a small prospective Phase II pilot study. The researchers gave lycopene supplementation (15 mg) daily for 6 months to their trial subjects. They performed follow up laboratory tests and clinical examinations on a monthly schedule. The investigators evaluated the changes of analgesic (pain medication) use and the quality of life (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30) as measurements. The study end point was a significant change in serum [...]