Psilocybin May Help Ease Depression in Cancer Patients

In small trial, half had early remission of depressive symptoms after psilocybin-assisted therapy

December 18, 2023 9:00 am

By Diana Swift

Psilocybin-assisted therapy in a group setting was safe and appeared effective in patients with cancer and depression, according to a small, phase II, open‐label trial.

After one dose of psilocybin among 30 patients, depression severity scores dropped … Read more

Virtual Mind–Body Fitness Classes Show Unexpected Benefit in People with Cancer

December 15, 2023 9:00 am

By Edward Winstead

For people being treated for cancer, participating in virtual mind–body fitness classes may have important benefits, such as reducing the risk of being hospitalized for treatment-related problems, according to results from a clinical trial.

In the trial, … Read more

From diagnosis through survivorship: Mindfulness can help people cope with cancer

Research has shown mindful meditation can reduce stress, relieve pain.

November 29, 2023 9:00 am

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The Search for Joy and Meaning — Continuing the Conversation with Karin and Buck

November 22, 2023 9:00 am

Clearity offers emotional support to people with ovarian cancer and their caregivers through our Steps Through OC program. If you would like personal, one-to-one assistance with the stress and challenges associated with life with ovarian cancer, our team of OC Read more

Survey Finds Gaps in Care for Patients With Slow-Growing Ovarian Cancer

November 9, 2023 9:00 am

By Mary Caffrey

Delayed diagnoses. Symptoms that are dismissed or misinterpreted. Feelings of anxiety because no one can offer a clear explanation for their condition.

These are just some of the experiences of women who have low-grade serous ovarian cancer … Read more

Study Finds Shortcomings in Monitoring Caregivers’ Emotional Health

October 27, 2023 4:58 pm

By Sharon Reynolds

Clearity offers psychosocial support to caregivers through our Steps Through OC program. If you would like personal one-to-one assistance with the stress and challenges associated with caring for a loved one with an ovarian cancer diagnosis, our Read more

New Integrative Oncology Guidelines Provide Patients More Control Over Their Care

September 14, 2023 9:00 am

Clearity offers psychosocial support through our Steps Through OC program for patients, survivors and caregivers. If you would like personal one-to-one assistance with the stress and challenges associated with an ovarian cancer diagnosis, our team of OC Counselors can help Read more

Experts urge study of psilocybin, other psychedelics for cancer-related distress

August 17, 2023 9:00 am

The prevalence of distress among women with late-stage gynecologic cancers calls for well-designed studies to assess the safety and efficacy of psychedelics for this patient population, according to authors of a published commentary.

Psychedelics — specifically psilocybin — have shown … Read more

Survey Details Concerns, Priorities of Women With Ovarian Cancer

July 13, 2023 9:00 am

By Gianna Melillo

Clearity offers psychosocial support through our Steps Through OC program for patients, survivors and caregivers. If you would like personal one-to-one assistance with the stress and challenges associated with an ovarian cancer diagnosis, our team of OC

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Financial Navigation Can Reduce the Financial Toxicity of Cancer Care

April 21, 2023 9:00 am

Clearity’s Perspective: Ask your health care team if they have a social worker, financial navigator, patient navigator, or nurse navigator who can help you manage the financial impacts of cancer. See Clearity’s Information and Support Resources for national organizations that Read more

Acupuncture, acupressure may benefit women undergoing gynecologic cancer surgery

January 17, 2023 10:20 am

by Jennifer Southall

Women who underwent surgery for gynecologic cancers experienced decreased symptoms of anxiety and pain with the use of acupressure before surgery and acupuncture during surgery, according to study results published in Cancer.

Further investigation is needed … Read more

Watch for New Psych Disorders in the Spouses of Cancer Patients

January 5, 2023 10:44 am

— Risk especially high within the first year after cancer diagnosis

by Kristen Monaco

Clearity offers psychosocial support through our Steps Through OC program for patients, survivors and caregivers. If you would like personal one-to-one assistance with the stress and Read more

Fertility Concerns a Significant Issue for Gynecologic Cancer Survivors

July 29, 2022 12:59 pm

by Jessica Nye, PhD

A systematic review found that fertility and parenthood were important and affected quality of life for young patients with gynecologic cancers; however, counseling and referral to fertility services is suboptimal. These findings were published in The Read more

Tool improves women’s ‘sense of control’ over ovarian cancer symptoms

June 18, 2022 12:08 pm

by Jennifer Byrne

Women with recurrent ovarian cancer experience an average of 14 disease or treatment-related symptoms at any given time over the course of their disease.

“It’s a huge symptom burden,” Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN, professor of health and … Read more

3 Points: Numbers Have a Different Meaning for Patients With Cancer

October 21, 2021 12:00 am

by Julie S. Brokaw

A woman with ovarian cancer describes how blood work numbers play a key role for patients with cancer and often dictate their thoughts and worries.

The number three is a special number. As a former math

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Attachment Insecurity and Depression, Anxiety in Ovarian Cancer Patient Partner-Caregivers

September 24, 2021 12:00 am

By Jessica Nye, PhD

A cross-sectional study found that caregivers of patients with ovarian cancer were experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety which were affected by attachment avoidance. These findings were published in Current Oncology.

Caregivers are an important … Read more

‘We Have a Job to Do’: Cancer Patients and Their Doctors Carry on With Clinical Trials During Covid-19

June 17, 2020 5:00 pm

By Elizabeth Cooney

Cancer isn’t waiting for Covid-19 to go away. Neither is Karen Howley.

Diagnosed two years ago with advanced ovarian cancer, Howley started on a new experimental drug in mid-March, just as coronavirus case counts were soaring in … Read more

Psychedelic Mushrooms Can Help Ease Anxiety and Depression in Cancer Patients for Years, Scientists Believe

February 3, 2020 11:00 am

By Kashmira Gander

Taking a single dose of a psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms can ease symptoms of anxiety and depression in cancer patients for years, according to a study.

Almost five years after taking the compound psilocybin while … Read more

Overcoming Appointment Anxiety

December 27, 2019 5:00 pm

This article discusses the anxiety that often surrounds routine appointments, as well as daily life, after a cancer diagnosis. Steps Through OC offers free, professional ovarian cancer counseling for women, families and caregivers coping with ovarian cancer. Our goal is Read more

Steps Through OC: Early Findings From a National Pilot Delivering Virtual, Individualized Psychosocial Support to Ovarian Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

September 8, 2019 5:00 pm

By Thomas J. Pier, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, CMF, and Marina Baroff, MPH, MA, FACHE

What if every woman with ovarian cancer had help setting a clear direction through the uncertain landscape of the diagnosis? Imagine these women having access to … Read more