Blog #2: The Perceived Impact of Supplemental Treatment for Cancer Patients

Research thus far has been an amazing learning experience for me. I started off my journey by exploring various databases’ as well as my local public library, so that I could fully educate myself on the various types of traditional treatments. Gaining knowledge about the different types of traditional treatments was a great segue for me to further explore supplemental treatments and the impacts it has on Cancer patients. I’ve noticed that as I continue to do more research, I gain a stronger attachment and curiosity towards our topic. This constant growth of curiosity and excitement is what helps me generate more ideas towards each of our subtopics.

Searching through databases’ and books before conducting interviews has helped Mia and I form great questions to ask our interviewees. So far, each interview I’ve done has backed up the literature that I’ve found. I find it so interesting to see how personal experience overlaps with scholarly sources. Being able to compare and contrast our literary findings with personal experiences is one of the many things I love about this project. For example, I interviewed various Cancer patients and each of them practiced a different religion. I asked them questions about spirituality and how it plays a roll in their fight against Cancer. After meeting with each interviewee, I reflected on each conversation and it was interesting to see that although each person practices a different religion, they all turn to their faith to stay hopeful and maintain strength as they’re going through traditional treatment. Each person stated that Cancer doesn’t only effect the body physically but it also takes an emotional toll. Therefore, spirituality is a great supplemental treatment because it helps patients maintain the strength needed to keep on powering through their treatment.

Whenever I schedule an interview with someone, I get so excited to hear their story. Being able to incorporate their experience to be a part our research feels like such an honor. This journey of exploring the perceived impacts of supplemental treatments for Cancer patients has allowed me to develop even stronger problem solving, organizational and communication skills which are important professional and life skills to have. I could proudly say that the research I’ve done thus far has given me a whole new perspective on life and I am forever grateful for this opportunity. I’m eager to dive even deeper into the research for our topic. My overall goal is to learn as much as I can so that I could share my knowledge and make a positive impact on the lives of many.

Blog Post 1: The Perceived Impact of Supplemental Treatments on Cancer Patients

Individuals in today’s society know of at least one person who is currently battling Cancer or someone who has lost their life to the horrific disease. Mia and I took a course called “Mindfulness and Cultural Intelligence” and throughout the semester, we discovered that we both had a mutual interest in the topic of Cancer. When we first started talking about Cancer, we both brought up different types of supplemental treatments that our loved ones used to help them fight their battle. After class one day, we had a conversation with Dr. Maxam and realized that we have all been touched by Cancer in some way, and we were so heartwarmed to see that this was a passion that we all shared. From this first conversation, we sparked many others, and we decided to conduct a study that focuses on ways complementary treatments could affect the lives of Cancer patients while they go through traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Through these ideas, we chose the title “The Perceived Impact of Supplemental Treatments on Cancer Patients.”

In our study we will be examining six major impacts that Cancer has had on the lives of many individuals across the globe.  These six impacts will be our subtopics and they consist of support systems, spirituality, diet, mindfulness/yoga, exercise, and milestones/positive thinking. We will be interviewing various Cancer survivors to learn about how they fought their battles. We will also be interviewing professionals, such as yoga instructors, who help Cancer patients power through the side effects of traditional treatments like medications. In addition to the interviews, we are also going to do an extensive amount of research using various scholarly sources in credible databases for each subtopic. Through academic projects we have done in the past, we discovered that social media is a great tool to bring instant awareness to a larger audience of people. Therefore, we will be posting various blogs and newsletters containing the research we have gathered for each subtopic onto a Facebook page that we will be creating. 

I’m currently studying Public Accounting at Pace University. Although Cancer has nothing to do with my major, it has had a major impact on my life. I lost my grandfather to Esophagus Cancer when I was an infant, and now my grandmother is currently battling Thyroid Cancer. Through this study I am eager to learn more about the disease and discover different ways that Cancer patients could recover this monstrous disease through various holistic approaches.