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Expressive writing appears to change thoughts and feelings about cancer
Date:2/22/2008

of life at follow-up.

Waiting for your appointment in the clinic can be a time of anxiety and stress for cancer patients, said Bruce D. Cheson, M.D., head of Hematology at Lombardi and a co-author on the study. Im pleased to see that so many of our patients were interested in this kind of therapy. Our study supports the benefit of an expressive writing program and the ability to integrate such a program into a busy clinic.

Preliminary results from this study coincided with one of the largest gifts in the history of arts in healthcare and the Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program. Trustees of the Robert M. Fisher Foundation created a $1.5 million endowment fund in memory of Cecelia F. Cookie Rudman, a longtime volunteer at the cancer center. The Fund allows Morgan to expand her program to ensure all patients and caregivers at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center can participate in the arts programs offered. Each new patient receives a writing journal at the patient orientation.

Were grateful to the patients who assisted our research team in carrying out an innovative study, Morgan said. They enabled us to better understand the benefits of expressive writing.


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