Why is it important to share my cancer survivorship story?
It's important that cancer survivors share their stories not only because it's emotionally cathartic, but also since it's valuable to hear how survivors are getting well. In this video, oncology researcher Kelly Turner, PhD, discusses this concept.
It's really valuable for us to hear how and why people are getting well. So much of research is focused on why people are getting sick.
More and more, research is focusing on who's getting well and why. [MUSIC PLAYING]
There are two main reasons why I think it's really important that cancer survivors share their survivor story.
The first is emotional. So I come from a background of counseling. And being able to process and share and really
reflect on this very emotional and scary process that you just went through is incredibly cathartic.
It really helps you sort of bring closure to the experience. But I'm also a researcher. And from a researching standpoint,
it's really valuable for us to hear how and why people are getting well. So much of research is focused on why people are getting sick.
More and more, research is focusing on who's getting well and why. I'm one of those researchers. And so it's really important for us to hear all the details.
In addition to following your doctor's orders, were there other things you did? Did you reduce your stress? Did you change your diet?
These are the things that the integrative oncology researchers, like myself, really want to know, especially
when we're looking at radical remission survivors, which are people who survive against incredible odds. We want to know everything you did to get well.
And that will help us bring our research forward. [AUDIO LOGO]
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