You’ve been diagnosed with cancer. You are facing a host of therapies proposed by your oncologist. Surgery, chemotherapy and or radiation have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the “standard-of-care” to treat your cancer.
As a newly diagnosed cancer patient you will learn that conventional cancer therapies can take a real toll on your physical and mental health.
What about mind-body therapies such as spirituality and religiosity? As the study linked and excerpted below cites, “patients with high religiosity and high spirituality had better physical health overall… compared with low spiritual and low religious patients.”
My cancer diagnosis helped me become more spiritual. As the article linked and excerpted below says “A diagnosis of cancer is life changing and prompts patients to ask questions to increase an understanding of not only the medical aspects of their illness, but also an understanding of the broader implications cancer imposes on their life moving forward…”
I am both a long-term cancer survivor of an incurable cancer and a cancer coach. If you would like to learn more about cancer coaching and receive the Introduction my e-book “Curing Cancer-If I Knew Then What I Know Now…” for free, please tell me about your diagnosis and tell me what’s on your mind. An experienced cancer survivor and cancer coach can help.
“Among patients with cancer, having a high sense of spirituality and/or religiosity increased mental health quality of life, according to data presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting…
A diagnosis of cancer is life changing and prompts patients to ask questions to increase an understanding of not only the medical aspects of their illness, but also an understanding of the broader implications cancer imposes on their life moving forward,”
Spirituality and religiosity have been shown to be independently associated with physical and mental quality of life, according to Cannon. However, medical teams pay little attention is paid to spiritual or religious needs of patients.
Researchers found that patients with high religiosity and high spirituality had better physical health overall and significantly higher mental health composite scores (P < .0001) compared with low spiritual and low religious patients.
“The findings of this study illustrate that health care providers are in a unique position to not only address cancer as an illness but also address the existential question imposed by cancers, thereby helping patients lead more rich and fulfilling lives despite a difficult medical diagnosis and prognosis,”“