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Cancer Patients Face Increased Risk Of PTSD

Posted By: Staff

The very word 'Cancer' gives a sense of chill and shiver to all of us. We fear about the consequences so much that we tend to get stressed and at times lead to depression as well.

A new study has found that more than 20% of patients with cancer had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a month after diagnosis. Not just this, it was also found that the symptoms persisted for a long-term in few of the patients.

During the study it was found that 44 of 203 patients met diagnostic criteria for PTSD (including subsyndromal PTSD) 6 months after diagnosis of cancer. At 4 years, 15 of the 45 patients had persistent or worsening symptoms of PTSD.

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"Approximately one-third of patients with cancer who are initially diagnosed with full or subsyndromal PTSD at 6 months went on to develop chronic or full PTSD at 4 years follow-up" said Lei Hum Wee, PhD, of the National University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, there are several other studies voicing the same opinion. One such study which had reported earlier during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting showed that more than half of cancer survivors had emotional distress that is insufficiently addressed by survivor care planning and supportive services.

So how do we control stress? Know about a few of the best natural remedies to tackle stress. Check them out.

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1. Deep Breathing:

Deep breathing enhances more oxygen to enter the body and provides a calming effect on the mind. So whenever you are stressed it is advisable to sit or lie down on a quiet place. Close your eyes and then take a deep breath. Do this for about 10-15 minutes for best results.

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2. Green Tea:

Green tea contains an important amino acid that promotes the production of alpha brain waves. This is one of the best ingredient that provides relaxation and helps in reducing stress. All that you need to do is add a teaspoon of green tea in a glass of boiling hot water, steep it for about 5 minutes, strain it and then drink.

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3. Chamomile Tea:

Chamomile is considered as one of the best known herbs to fight stress. It provides a sedative effect on the central nervous system and helps relax the muscles. Take a teaspoon of dry chamomile flower, add it to a cup of how water, steep it for about 5 minutes and then drink the tea.

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4. Tulsi Leaves:

Take about 8-10 fresh tulsi leaves and then just chew them on a regular basis. You could also prepare tea using fresh tulsi leaves. Just add a few tulsi leaves in hot boiling water, allow it to steep for about 5 minutes, strain it and then drink. You could also add a teaspoon of honey for taste. This helps in providing relief from your stress.

Read more about: cancer, stress
Story first published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 11:23 [IST]
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