The UNT Health Science Center is spearheading a project that uses a cognitive behavioral technique termed “guided imagery” to reduce the effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients.
Basically, the technique allows patients to “be guided through a relaxing scene or series of experiences.” According to the American Cancer Society, the technique can “help reduce stress, anxiety and depression; manage pain; and ease some of the side effects of chemotherapy.”
The Training Resources In Understanding My Power in Healing or TRIUMPH program will have medical educators team up with graduate level nursing programs at TCU as well as UT Arlington to create a module on guided imagery, specifically for nursing students.
The program’s director, Susan Franks, Ph.D., says that nearly everyone will have a tendency to associate mostly negative thoughts and images with cancer, and that a important number of patients develop side effects, such as anxiety. She explains that by learning this technique, with expertise support, cancer patients have a better chance at improving their quality of life, and that any medical treatment should include guided imagery in order to help patients cope better.
TRIUMPH is sponsored by the Scheidel Foundation in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The program has successfully disseminated learning materials on guided imagery in over 100 cancer centers nationwide in order to encourage this cognitive technique, which has helped cancer patients such as Jeanie Griffin.
The UNT Health Science Center has and continues to contribute significantly to the healthcare industry. BioNews Texas previously published a report on one of the center’s more recent research grants aimed at managing obesity among Latino children. Click here to find out more.