Logotherapy, a psycho-education program, in conjunction with a healthy diet and counseling can help the mental state and quality of life (QoL) of breast cancer survivors (BCSs), according to a study published in Supportive Care in Cancer.
Researchers assessed the impact of logotherapy along with nutrition counseling on psychological status, QoL, and dietary intake in 90 BCSs diagnosed with depression. The population of interest was assigned to 2 groups—nutrition therapy plus logotherapy (n = 46) or nutrition counseling only (n = 44)—for 8 weeks. Key endpoints of interest were depression, anxiety, and QoL. Secondary outcomes included dietary intake, anthropometric indices, and eating disorder status.
Results showed logotherapy plus nutrition counseling markedly improved anxiety and depression scores compared with nutrition counseling alone. Moreover, the researchers noted that patients who underwent logotherapy in conjunction with nutrition counseling consumed less energy, carbohydrate, and fat intake.
The investigators concluded that logotherapy plus nutrition education is a key step in improving QoL for BCSs.
Reference: Raji Lahiji M, Sajadian A, Haghighat S, et al. Effectiveness of logotherapy and nutrition counseling on psychological status, quality of life, and dietary intake among breast cancer survivors with depressive disorder: a randomized clinical trial [published online ahead of print, 2022 Jun 27]. Support Care Cancer. 2022;10.1007/s00520-022-07237-6. doi:10.1007/s00520-022-07237-6