Laughter

Depression

Grandpa always said nothing like a smile and laughter to brighten the spirits This is also a good part of patient-doctor relations (Pawlikowska, Zhang et al. 2011). Another report of an 88 year-old with advanced gastric cancer Considering the patient’s age and her desire not to receive cancer treatment, we prescribed laughter therapy as recommended by the Society for Healing Environment (Noji,  Takayanagi 2010). The program was implemented in a laughter-inducing environment and consisted of five stages:

1)    Making the patient feel safe,
2)   Relaxing the patient,
3)   Increasing the effectiveness,
4)   Improving her condition
5)   Increasing her joy of living.

One year and seven months later, an endoscopy indicated that the lesions clearly improved. A tissue biopsy revealed that nucleus abnormality clearly improved from the initial diagnosis, with no irregularity in size.

Although partial gastric adenocarcinoma was suspected, the cancers turned into gastric adenoma, atrophic gastritis, and enteroepithelium metaplastic carcinoma. Now, five years after the initial diagnosis, she maintains a good condition. Laughter, one of our casual behaviors, has the effect of reducing the stress experienced by the human body.

Mora-Ripoll, R. (2010). “The therapeutic value of laughter in medicine.” Alternative therapies in health and medicine 16(6): 56-64.

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