Posted on Nov 8
Many Breast Cancer patients experience personal growth after diagnosis, study shows
By: John S. Forrester for New Balance
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is a harrowing experience, but a recent study suggests that many women show signs of positive personal growth during and after treatment.
Researchers at a university research hospital in North Carolina measured changes in post-traumatic growth (PTG) in a group of 653 women for two years, showing that patients with increased social support, spirituality and use of “active-adaptive coping strategies,” like exercise, following their diagnoses are more likely to report improvements in their outlook and other positive changes in their lives, according to a recent press release.
The study also indicated that patients with more time since their diagnosis, or whose conditions were generally more stabile, showed the highest levels of improvements.
Many women in the study reported greater appreciation for life, stronger personal relationships, a more positive sense of self-strength and a clearer vision of their goals and life priorities, the release said.
These findings echo some research presented by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, including studies suggesting regular physical activity improves survivors’ mood and physical functioning, and that strong social support increases quality of life after breast cancer.