NYU Psilocybin Cancer Study

Anthony Bossis, Ph.D., co-principal investigator on the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Project, discusses the psycho-social, spiritual and existential suffering that advanced cancer patients often experience is a primary factor in end-of-life distress. In recent years, the discipline of palliative care has greatly expanded its efforts at better understanding end-of-life existential suffering. Patients with a life-threatening illness often experience hopelessness, helplessness, and loss of meaning. Research demonstrates that improved spiritual-well being and enhanced personal meaning may serve as a buffer against hopelessness and depression in advanced cancer patients.

Dr. Bossis is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology at the New York University School of Medicine. He is the founder and former co-director of the Palliative Care Service and former co-director of the Pain Treatment Center at NYU / Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC. Dr. Bossis’ clinical, teaching, and research activities are dedicated to the enhanced understanding and treatment of chronic pain and end-of-life patients.

This video is from Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, a conference taking in place in San Jose, California on April 15-18, 2010. The conference was organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in collaboration with the Heffter Research Institute, the Council on Spiritual Practices, and the Beckley Foundation.

Medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals can earn Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Education (CME/CE) credits by viewing these videos through the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) at spiritualcompetency.com.

This video was produced by Teal Sievers of Living Dream Films (livingdreamfilms.com).

To support the work of the Heffter Research Institute visit heffter.org.

To learn more about MAPS or to support our work, visit maps.org.

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