Cancer and Insomnia: Why it goes undetected and what can you can do to treat it

Cancer and Insomnia

Over 38% of cancer patients experience clinically diagnosable insomnia disorder during the first 1.5 years of cancer treatment. When Insomnia goes untreated, many other health consequences can occur.

Poor sleep has been linked to cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, diabetes, and more. This condition frequently persists for years later, though it is frequently overlooked by members of cancer survivors’ healthcare team.

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Cancer Support Groups

Cancer Support Groups

Support Groups are meetings for people directly and indirectly affected by cancer. Some groups are self-help, or peer-led, and others are run by professional group leaders such as a psychologist, social worker, or trained counselor. Both types of cancer support groups are available in San Diego. 

There are clear benefits from connecting with people who have gone through similar cancer experiences. Some research shows that joining a support group improves both quality of life and well being. Some groups focus on cancer in general; others talk about just one kind, such as a group for women with breast cancer or one for men with prostate cancer.

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