Emotional Support, Laughter Therapy, and Cancer Treatment

A comprehensive, integrated treatment center for patients suffering from all kinds of cancer, The Oasis of Hope Hospital combines emotional support with its other therapies in order to optimize patient treatment. Emotional support includes the use of laughter therapy, an interesting new treatment that was studied for its impact on many serious conditions. Laughter therapy has a wide range of benefits, including bolstering the immune system, enhancing cardiovascular flexibility, developing the abdominal musculature, and raising the spirits.

Laughter therapy, also sometimes known as humor therapy, promotes overall health and wellness while also relieving the emotional and physical stresses that accompany cancer and cancer treatment for many patients. As early as the 13th century, doctors began using humor to distract their patients from pain, and beginning in the 20th century, doctors have carefully studied the precise physiological effects of humor and laughter on health. Studies have revealed that mirth can reduce the experience of pain, lower levels of stress hormones, and boost the immune system while simultaneously improving quality of life for the patient.

In conjunction with a regimen of other cancer therapies, laughter treatment relaxes the muscles, increases the flow of oxygen, releases endorphins, and balances the blood pressure. Often, laughter therapy is conducted in a group, encouraging patients to laugh and work together on their healing. Patients often enjoy these sessions, seeing them as a chance to escape from the often difficult emotions associated with dealing with cancer.