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Format: 04/23/2014
Format: 04/23/2014


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Pitt survey indicates spiritual wellness aids in cancer fight

Friday, July 10th, 2009

By Allison Heinrichs


Feeling angry with or abandoned by God increases depression in women with breast cancer, according to a survey by Pittsburgh doctors, which advises clinicians to ask patients questions about their religion and guide them to use spirituality to cope.

The yearlong survey of 284 patients explored the relationship between "religious coping" and well-being. The results, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, indicate that doctors should listen for "red flag" comments such as, "Why is God punishing me?"

"That's a sign for clinicians that these patients are feeling abandoned," said Dr. Randy Hebert, medical director of Forbes Hospice and lead author of the report.

Hebert and co-authors at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University found that most women with breast cancer draw strength from religion, though 15 percent of survey respondents reported feeling abandoned or angry, with more symptoms of depression.

"When someone is depressed, it's a cumulation of things," Hebert said. "If you're depressed because you have no money, that's hard to fix. If you're depressed because you have cancer, that's pretty hard to fix. ... But if you're depressed because you think God abandoned you, that's something we can do something about."

To read more, visit the Tribune-Review web site.


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