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How can spirituality help people with cancer?

Spiritual or emotional support from doctors, nurses, family, friends, or a member of the clergy can help with feelings of hopelessness, embarrassment, isolation, and worry. Religious and family involvement can help provide you with:
  • Improved feelings of well-being
  • Decreased anxiety and fear levels
  • Decreased risk of substance abuse
  • A greater sense of purpose and meaning

How it's used: Some studies have indicated that people with cancer have less anxiety and depression when they feel spiritually and/or socially connected. Religious involvement through personal faith or attendance at religious services may help you feel more connected and at peace. Joining a support group for people with cancer also may be a good option.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.