May 22, 2015
TORONTO — Among patients with cancer, having a high sense of spirituality and/or religiosity increased mental health quality of life, according to data presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.
“A diagnosis of cancer is life changing and prompts patients to ask questions to increase an understanding of not only the medical aspects of their illness, but also an understanding of the broader implications cancer imposes on their life moving forward,” Anthony J. Cannon, MD, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said during his presentation. “The prospect of an uncertain future can provoke distress, which can manifest clinically as panic, anxiety, depression and hopelessness. This distress understandably exerts an adverse effect on both the physical and mental quality of life.”