Spirituality in Cancer Care (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI] - Spirituality and Quality of Life
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:
A spiritual assessment may help the doctor understand how religious or spiritual beliefs will affect the way a patient copes with cancer.
A spiritual assessment is a method or tool used by doctors to understand the role that religious and spiritual beliefs have in the patient's life. This may help the doctor understand how these beliefs affect the way the patient responds to the cancer diagnosis and decisions about cancer treatment. Some doctors or caregivers may wait for the patient to bring up...
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.