Cancer patients who share their experiences online are better able to cope with the struggle, new research has found.
A UCLA study says patients who create personal websites to chronicle their battles with cancer experienced a reduction in depressive symptoms, an improvement in mood and a greater appreciation for life.
"From our own and others' previous research, we know that expressing emotions surrounding the experience and gaining social support can be helpful for people diagnosed with cancer, and we know that interpersonal interventions can be useful," lead author Annette Stanton said.
"We are encouraged by these positive findings," Stanton said, "especially for cancer survivors with the most need — those in active medical treatment or with more advanced disease."
The cancer patients in the control group were later invited to take the same workshop.
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