Patients experiencing chronic or life-threatening illnesses, including cancer, often face fear, denial, uncertainty, waiting and strain on relationships. The illness can lead to anxiety, panic, depression, confusion and despair.
A “Resiliency Group” program offered by the Arizona Health Sciences Center can improve a patient's quality of life, decrease depression and anxiety, enhance social relationships with patients’ loved ones as well as their physicians, and assist them in re-establishing new purpose in their lives. These groups teach medical knowledge; offer exercises such as meditation to help cope with symptoms, and provide a professionally facilitated support group setting that enhances healing.
Another 10-week series which will meet Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon is being organized and will commence in October in Midtown Tucson. Registration is limited to nine participants and a 30-minute intake appointment is required. More information is available by calling 520-626-6586.
The Resiliency Group is facilitated by Mark D. Gilbert, MD, Dip. ABPN, FRCP(c), one of two psychiatrists in the Oncology Psychosocial team at the Arizona Cancer Center, and a member of the University of Arizona’s Psychiatry Department where he directs the Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group programs.