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. Read More
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. Read More
Self-Compassion and Cancer
After losing my mother to Ovarian Cancer at age 18, I began to practice Mindfulness and Self-compassion meditation. I felt the healing power of meditation and grew curious about the possible benefits it could have for others. Years later I was in graduate school and working on a study examining the effects of a Loving-Kindness Meditation program for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Read More