Study addresses benefits of humor for ovarian cancer patients
Published: 4/14/2013

Dr. Stephen Rose, MD
Dr. Stephen Rose and colleagues will publish the first study addressing the role of humor in the lives of women suffering from recurrent ovarian cancer in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. An epub version of the article is available in advance of the print version.

The investigators conducted structured interviews in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the ways in which women use and view humor in relation to their diagnosis. These women universally viewed humorous interactions with their caregivers as positive and appropriate, and felt that humor helped alleviate anxiety. In particular, women welcomed humorous diversions in hospital and clinic waiting areas, where they often felt a great deal of stress.

According to the authors, the study is a foundation for further investigation of possible roles for therapeutic humor.