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Reducing Stress of Unpleasant Thoughts & Memories of Cancer Experiences
IRB Protocol #: 09D.182
- Persons who receive a cancer diagnosis can find the experience emotionally distressing. Many cancer patients suffer from traumatic stress symptoms, which include recurring unpleasant thoughts about cancer-related experiences, called "recollections".
- The purpose of this study is to evaluate if a new stress-reduction technique called Neuro-Emotional Technique (or NET) can reduce these distressing recollections among cancer patients. NET is a brief two-to-five session intervention involving cognitive and behavioral techniques from psychology, a biofeedback technique called the muscle test, and sometimes traditional Chinese acupuncture.
- This study will be administered at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and will enroll up to 76 patients.
- The initial session will consist of the completion of four questionnaires, a standardized interview and an assessment of possible bodily reactions to the distressing recollection.
- The second to fifth session will consist of the NET intervention. These sessions will be about one week apart and will be about one hour in length.
- Male or Female Age > 18 years
- Persons with cancer-related recollections that have persisted for at least three months, but is not in the terminal stages of illness
- Persons with cancer-related recollection that causes physiological reactivity (i.e., increased heart rate or increased skin conductance level)
- Received a cancer diagnosis at least three months prior to participation in study, cannot be in the terminal stages of illness
- Cannot be currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation
Michael J. Matthews