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  • Posted: 08/14/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

Chronicling cancer experience online can reduce depressive symptoms in breast cancer patients

Adults increasingly are conveying their personal experiences with serious disease online, but do such chronicles help the authors or their audience? In the first known study of its kind, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers discovered that creating a personal website to chronicle the cancer experience and communicate with one's social network can reduce depressive symptoms, increase positive mood and enhance appreciation for life among women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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