“Social Distancing” does not need to be Social Isolation

In this day of uncertainty, there is one thing I know for sure, “Community is stronger than COVID-19”. As the Executive Director of Cancer Support Community Montana, I have been witness to the ill effects that social isolation plays in the wellbeing of people, since this can be a common affliction when people are touched by cancer. Across all cultures, races, ages and genders, humans have basic needs for social and emotional connection.

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Cancer patients with depression less likely to recover well after treatment

From Medical News Today –

New research shows colorectal cancer patients who have depression when they are diagnosed are significantly less likely to make a good recovery following surgery than patients without depression. The researchers say the groundbreaking study shows the important role mental health plays in cancer recovery and the need to cater for each patient’s individual needs before, during, and long after their treatment has finished.

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Among Montana residents, cancer is the second-leading cause of death, after diseases of the circulatory system, such as heart disease and stroke. Each year, approximately 5,600 Montanans are newly diagnosed with cancer, and an average of 1,900 Montanans die from the disease. Furthermore, it is estimated that 53,000 Montana residents are cancer survivors.

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