Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dealing With Anxiety July 8, 2015 Chat

One of the questions on our October of 2014 survey asked about chat topic ideas for the coming year. Over 90% of the survey takers rated "Dealing With Anxiety" as important or moderately important topic. Tonight's chat proved the importance of the topic among the members of our community. We had 53 participants, 536 tweets in the hour and over 1.2 million impressions. We were happy the Association of Oncology Social Workers (@oncosocialwork) was able to join us.

The questions that guided our discussion and a few of the responses:
T1: What instances seem to cause the greatest anxiety among cancer patients and survivors? What are your triggers?

T2: Have you spoken to your healthcare provider about what causes your anxiety? Did it help? Do providers bring up and provide info?

T3: What are tips and resources to relieve anxiety? What have you found to be helpful in dealing with anxious feelings?

T4: In the bigger picture, what are ways that we can change the healthcare system itself so that patients experience less anxiety?

If you missed the chat you may read the transcript here and the analytics here. Please scroll down for list of resources mentioned during the chat. And you may continue the conversation on the Smart Patients platform at

We hope you will join us next month on August 12, 2015 to discuss Dealing with Short and Long Term Side Effects. Please remember to tweet using the #gyncsm hashtag to share information with our community.

#gyncsm co-moderator and co-founder


Definitions of Anxiety and Depression

NCI  @theNCI - Adjustment to Cancer:Anxiety and Depression

Cancer.Net @cancerdotnet

Cancer Care

Cure Today: Scanxiety With Lynch Syndrome

ASCO One in Three People with Cancer has Anxiety or other Mental Health Challenges

JCO : Screening, Assessment and Care of Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms...

Gyn Onc : Depression, Anxiety, and Quality of Life in Patients with Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

British Journal of Health Psychology: Social support, anxiety and depression after chemo for ovarian cancer: A prospective study

JCO : Evidence-Based Treatment of Anxiety in Patients With Cancer   Psychosocial Needs of Survivors of Gynecologic Cancers Must Be Addressed

Medivizor 15 tips for Coping with Scanxiety

13 Things People With Anxiety Are Tired of Hearing, And What You Can Say Instead

Health Journeys - Meditation resources

NOCC - Living with OC

Reiki: Helping to Relieve the Anxiety of Cancer Patients

Society of Gynecologic Oncology @SGO_org

NY Times:
Anxiety Lingers Long After Cancer
Lost in Transition


Nanny Angel Network provides free, professional relief childcare to mothers with cancer & their families.

Zero Suicide Toolkit for Professionals

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