Rio Chama Publications

2 minutes reading time (428 words)


positive thinking sign shows optimism or belief MJt83NDu 1According to an article in Best Life, scientific evidence indicates that one tiny change could help people improve cancer outcomes. Even though we know that how one feels mentally can have a strong impact on how one feels physically, when it comes to a disease as serious as cancer, we tend to think of it as something that only medicine could possibly treat. However, a new paper published in the journal Trends in Cancer reports that empowering patients to change their mindset about their diagnosis could help them get better care.

“We spend millions of dollars every year trying to cure and prevent cancer,“ Alia Crum, the director of the Mind and Body Lab at Stanford University and co-author of the study, said in a statement. “But cancer is more than a physical disease. As we strive to target malignant cells with cutting-edge treatments, we should simultaneously strive to provide equally precise treatment for the psychological and social ramifications of the illness.”

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can often bring on symptoms of anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts—all of which can inhibit a patient from seeking treatment or making helpful changes to their lifestyle. To combat this situation, Crum and her team propose encouraging patients to think of their bodies as friends rather than enemies, as well as viewing the disease as a manageable illness rather than a life sentence.

“Having the mindset such as cancer is manageable or even an opportunity  does not mean that cancer is a good thing or you should be happy about it,” Crum clarified. “However, the mindset that cancer is manageable can lead to more productive ways of engaging with cancer than the mindset that cancer is a catastrophe.”

In fact, framing the circumstances of the illness as a journey rather than a battle makes patients more likely to think that they have control over the disease, and less likely to think of losing the fight and potentially dying.

An increasing body of research shows that optimism does carry tangible health benefits. One young woman, who had a rare form of lymphoma, told Best Life in 2018 that she certainly believes maintaining a non-catastrophic mentality helped her survive. “I never let myself be afraid that I wouldn't make it through the day,” she said.

There have been numerous times in my life when I had major health concerns—including having two breast biopsies (fortunately the outcomes were positive). Even though I felt considerable anxiety, I wanted my journey in life to include raising and enjoying my children into adulthood. Focusing on that goal greatly helped to reduce my fears. Dear reader, have you had such experiences? If so, sharing how you journeyed through them would be much appreciated.


Related Posts



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Friday, 25 September 2020

Captcha Image

Search Blog

Blog Tags

awareness leadership change emotions spiritual/spirituality health stress sense of self relationships holistic healing feminism aging exercise sexuality love reunion coronavirus soul ego shadow self yoga tai chi swimming walking Thank You community children peace depression dementia shame kindness anxiety shamanism employee learning pandemic employer parent-infant attachment styles brainhealth music giving mental health compassion creativity cancer racism healing diet Gandhi attunement matriarchs benefitsofsinging religion innerkid sleep New Book sermononthemount helpingothers patriotic attention intimacy fundraising holiday nutirents environment connection food fatherandson loneliness mindfulmeditation self-soothing RBG animals liverdisease happiness dancing transitions Albert Einstein work environment inmates newyear humanity brainscience resilience sacred sex unity Christmas soothe rest Amma wisdom Jesus contributing fun Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter arguing gratitude freshfood nutrition imagination inclusion pilots companions present addiction emotional support animals cardiomyopathy smile zoom lifechanges brain growth 2020 inequality millennials goodneighbors dolphin job spiritualpractice calm campaign feminine divine feminine goodandevil positivethinking hero parenting age sustainable omega3 acupuncture dreams elderly breath homeless dogs pancreatitis Thanksgiving newnormal unknown intuition altzheimers habits earth caretaking rebuilding covid19 midwest integrity prison adoption fightorflight election development wholeness nonviolence ego growth stages friendships singingrevolution liftingweights hobbies vitaminb astrology ideal self alzheimers climatecrisis friendship quiet Dalai Lama smiling horses collaboration notgivingup lifepath balance the unconscious mediterraneandiet el paso socialresponsibility hope agingparents alcohol neighborhood holocaustsurvivors goodthings morality accountability education families god republican healthy brain elephants support choir gym vinaminc the feminine ageism civilrights gretathunberg harmonica nature Tim Ryan retreat epilepsy celebration gardening challenges holidays Vietnam Starbucks mindfulness prejudice alcoholism nonprofit goodhumans nonlinear immigration boss nuturance resolution deepermeaning democrat Congratulations