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If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer a therapy that you won’t hear about will be to develop a sense of purpose. And, if you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, the last thing on your mind will be your sense of purpose.
I can’t blame you. When I was first diagnosed my mind was consumed by learning about my cancer, learning about therapies and thinking about death. My cancer is incurable according to conventional oncology so…
But make no mistake. Conventional oncology’s focus will be to treat your cancer. This is not a criticism of conventional oncology. It’s a statement of fact. The more I research and learn about cancer, all cancers, the more I learn about the importance of the cancer patient’s mental therapies.
And developing a sense of purpose, according to the research linked and excerpted below, is a therapy that may be just as important as any chemotherapy regimen.
Mind-body therapies are complementary approaches that aim to promote the connection between the mind and body to enhance overall health and well-being. While these therapies are not a substitute for conventional cancer treatments, they may help improve the quality of life for cancer patients by addressing aspects of the physical, emotional, and psychological experience. Here are some mind-body therapies that cancer patients may consider:
I figured out my own sense of purpose as a cancer survivor when I launched The Galen Foundation DBA PeopleBeatingCancer. Cancer patients of all types from all over the world email me with questions about their cancer and I provide experience based and research based answers.
If you want to read why PeopleBeatingCancer.org gives me a sense of purpose, simply read the testimonials.
Have you been diagnosed with cancer? What type? What stage? If you’re interested in learning more about evidence-based non-conventional therapies to manage your cancer let me know- David.PeopleBeatingCancer@gmail.com
“A growing body of literature suggests that having a strong sense of purpose in life leads to improvements in both physical and mental health and enhances overall quality of life. There are interventions available to influence life purpose; thus, understanding the association of life purpose with mortality is critical…
Purpose in life was assessed for the 2006 interview period with a 7-item questionnaire from the modified Ryff and Keyes Scales of Psychological Well-being evaluation using a Likert scale ranging from 1 to 6, with higher scores indicating greater purpose in life; for all-cause and cause-specific mortality analyses, 5 categories of life purpose scores were used (1.00-2.99, 3.00-3.99, 4.00-4.99, 5.00-5.99, and 6.00).
All-cause and cause-specific mortality were assessed between 2006 and 2010. Weighted Cox proportional hazards models were used to evaluate life purpose and mortality.
Of 6985 individuals included in the analysis, 4016 (57.5%) were women, the mean (SD) age of all participants was 68.6 (9.8) years, and the mean (SD) survival time for decedents was 31.21 (15.42) months (range, 1.00-71.00 months). Life purpose was significantly associated with all-cause mortality in the HRS (hazard ratio, 2.43; 95% CI, 1.57-3.75, comparing those in the lowest life purpose category with those in the highest life purpose category). Some significant cause-specific mortality associations with life purpose were also observed (heart, circulatory, and blood conditions: hazard ratio, 2.66; 95% CI, 1.62-4.38).
This study’s results indicated that stronger purpose in life was associated with decreased mortality. Purposeful living may have health benefits. Future research should focus on evaluating the association of life purpose interventions with health outcomes, including mortality. In addition, understanding potential biological mechanisms through which life purpose may influence health outcomes would be valuable.”