Thursday, January 30, 2014

Social Activity & Speaking Of Brain Cancer Research

By Robbie Sutter

There is much to talk about when it comes to brain cancer research, the therapies brought to the surface in particular. It seems as though there are quite a number of details to consider and it seems as though each of them are meant to help bring about greater remedies. However, there isn't nearly as much talk about the social side effects that this type of cancer can have. To say that it is a subject worth going into detail about, though, would be an understatement.

The idea of social interaction in tandem with this condition was covered in an article posted by CTV Calgary News. The report said that Dr. Fiona Schulte is leading a case of brain cancer research in order to figure out the "social deficits" that come with this condition. According to Schulte, the long-term difficulties are sometimes worse than the diagnosis and treatment. Right off of the bat, this story is more than worth the attention of organizations along the lines of Voices against Brain Cancer.

What are some of the deficiencies that can come to the surface as a result of this type of cancer, you may wonder? According to the report, children may be more withdrawn, meaning that they may not be able to handle things like bullying and general interaction as well as other children might. These deficiencies, as a result, can entail problems with growth later on. Adults may not be able to find employment as easily, so it's a given that early assistance will be endorsed in this regard.

When it came to the study that was mentioned in the report, there were social activities put into place for the sake of growth. While a control group was seen, there was another group that underwent therapeutic intervention. In this regard, various subjects were employed, whether it was a matter of starting conversations with other children or being able to resolve conflicts peacefully. It's apparent that these results were going to be measured and the fact that said results were positive should speak volumes.

What were some of the earlier results, according to Schulte? From what the article was able to detail, the children studied were able to hold onto eye contact much better than they would have been able to without the study put into place. They have also been able to interact with others in terms of cooperative play, working together with them while remaining friendly. It's clear that while this cancer can have its impact, there are improvements that can be made on the social front.

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