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Spiritual Outlook Affects Breast Cancer Patients

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Oct 26, 2009

Mind-Body-Spirit News

A negative religious or spiritual outlook contributes to worse emotional or mental health in women with breast cancer, according to a study conducted at Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh. The findings showed that women with breast cancer who felt abandoned by or angry at God had worse mental health and life satisfaction than women who had positive religious coping habits. In women with breast cancer who felt that they partnered with God or looked to God for strength, support or guidance, there was no particular association between those coping skills and measures of well-being.

The study, which observed almost 300 women with breast cancer, appeared in the Journal of Palliative Medicine (2009; 12 [6], 537–45]).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at