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Cancer and Spirituality
Cancer and Spirituality People with cancer often tap into their spiritual side when battling the illness. This might include prayer, attending religious services, reading passages from a holy book, or simply expressing gratitude and love. Although spiritual activities have not been proved to heal or lessen cancer, many people find that religion can help them better deal with being sick. Hospitals recognize that spirituality can play a crucial role in healing and usually have a chapel and offer visits fr...
Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort
Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort When people hear the term palliative care , many assume that it's a treatment only for someone who is dying. But palliative care can also be used to bring physical and emotional comfort to anyone with a serious illness. Palliative care can benefit any patient at any age and any stage of his or her illness. Overview Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by improving the symptoms of his or her illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, and diff...
Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?
Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life? If you’re a person who always has a rosy outlook and sees the glass as half-full rather than half-empty, your positive attitude may have even more benefits than you think. A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people. The science behind the smiles The unique phenomenon of optimism leading to better health has been scientifically studied more than 1...
Spirituality in Cancer Care (PDQ®)
Spirituality in Cancer Care (PDQ®) General Information About Spirituality Religious and spiritual values are important to patients coping with cancer. Studies have shown that religious and spiritual values are important to Americans. Most American adults say that they believe in God and that their religious beliefs affect how they live their lives. However, people have different ideas about life after death, belief in miracles, and other religious beliefs. Such beliefs may be based on gender, education,...
Coping with Cancer Through Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotions
Coping With Cancer Through Mind, Body, Spirit and Emotions Long ago, man used the fight-or-flight response to survive natural threats, such as man-eating tigers. Today, the stress response has become a complicated dynamic, linking mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Ironically, what was originally designed to help us survive threats now can put us at risk for health problems and disease. But it doesn't have to be this way. Stress can also motivate you to seek help, resolve issues, practice forgiveness, an...