Spiritual and religious well-being may help improve quality of life.
It is not known for sure how spirituality and religion are related to health. Some studies show that spiritual or religious beliefs and practices create a positive mental attitude that may help a patient feel better and improve the well-being of family caregivers. Spiritual and religious well-being may help improve health and quality of life in the following ways:
Help the patient adjust to the effects of cancer and its treatment.
Increase the ability to enjoy life during cancer treatment.
Give a feeling of personal growth as a result of living with cancer.
Increase positive feelings, including:
Hope and optimism.
Freedom from regret.
Satisfaction with life.
A sense of inner peace.
Spiritual and religious well-being may also help a patient live longer.
Spiritual distress may also affect health.
Spiritual distress may make it harder for patients to cope with cancer and cancer treatment. Health care providers may encourage patients to meet with experienced spiritual or religious leaders to help deal with their spiritual issues. This may improve their health, quality of life, and ability to cope.
WebMD Public Information from the National Cancer Institute
October 07, 2011
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