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Experimental group therapy aims to help cancer patients

Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2009

Most major cancer centers offer support groups and individual counseling for patients, and the field of "psycho-oncology"—which addresses the psychological, spiritual and emotional aspects of cancer—is booming around the world. New York City-based Memorial Sloan-Kettering's meaning-centered psychotherapy is still in the research phase, but early results are encouraging. In a pilot study of 90 patients presented at the International Psycho-Oncology Society in Vienna, the authors reported that meaning-centered group therapy significantly boosted patients' spiritual well-being and reduced their anxiety compared with traditional support groups.