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Religion/Spirituality and Cancer: A Brief Update of Selected Research 

Religion/Spirituality and Cancer: A Brief Update of Selected Research
Chapter:
Religion/Spirituality and Cancer: A Brief Update of Selected Research
Source:
Psycho-Oncology (3 ed.)
Author(s):

Andrea L. Canada

and George Fitchett

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199363315.003.0065

This chapter focuseson areas in religion/spirituality (R/S) and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in the cancer context that have recently undergone significant growth. These areas include international studies in religious as well as secular communities, which have essentially replicated the largely favorable findings from the United States. Reports from the palliative care setting also indicate that R/S coping and support are needed and beneficial at the end of life. The presence and consequences of religious struggle (e.g., negative religious coping) on HRQOL in cancer have received continued interest in the literature. Finally, developing the best screening measures for the presence of R/S distress in the cancer setting has been a further area of growth. The chapter concludes with a number of suggestions for future research in R/S and its relationship to HRQOL in patients with cancer.

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