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Using Virtual Reality to Support Mesothelioma Emotional Health

Using Virtual Reality to Support Mesothelioma Emotional Health

A Virtual Reality (VR) experience may be useful in helping mesothelioma patients cope with their diagnosis. This out-of-body experience can help increase stress tolerance and patient empowerment. Italian researchers are looking at VR interventions to improve cancer patients’ well-being. VR can be useful to support mesothelioma patients in coping with distressing situations. One VR experience is with a resilient cancer patient who is facing similar difficulties. This can help train patients how to cope with cancer-related difficulties. If the patient endures a difficult situation in the VR simulation, they will be more likely to cope well in real life. Scenarios endured through a VR experience can build a patient’s resilience. The study found that patients who used the VR experience … Continue reading Using Virtual Reality to Support Mesothelioma Emotional Health »

Living With Mesothelioma: Coping Strategies to Find Hope

Living With Mesothelioma: Coping Strategies to Find Hope

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. One key question remains unanswered. How do diagnosed patients experience living with mesothelioma? A new study in Health Psychology aimed to explore the mesothelioma patient experience. Data from 22 different research studies were analyzed. The coping strategies highlighted here provide hope for mesothelioma patients and caregivers. The results bring awareness of the patient experience, coping processes, and support pathways. Two Coping Strategies to Support a Mesothelioma Patient The best coping strategies help patients reclaim a sense of mental calm, individual autonomy, and meaning. These strategies can also reduce the trauma of living with mesothelioma. Patients who accepted the diagnosis fully were more optimistic than those in denial. Patients who accepted the … Continue reading Living With Mesothelioma: Coping Strategies to Find Hope »