I ran a series of posts about whether cancer patients with positive attitudes live longer a while back on my daily myeloma (bone marrow cancer) blog:
A number of readers emailed me with anecdotal evidence. But no one (including me!) were able to locate a research or study confirming our hypothesis.
But it is much easier to locate data about how a NEGATIVE attitude can hurt a patients recovery and possibly even survival. Here’s an excerpt of an example that I found on CNN last week:
Stress, depression may affect cancer survivalBy Amanda Enayati, Special to CNNSeptember 14, 2012
(CNN) — “A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ,” John Steinbeck once wrote. Now we are closer to understanding why.
A disease like cancer can be a mortal battle, often fraught with overwhelming stress. Given that stress management can be difficult even under ordinary circumstances, elevated feelings of anxiety and depression in cancer patients are certainly understandable.
Yet, several recent studies underscore how critically important it is for those fighting illness to learn how to combat stress…STORY HIGHLIGHTS
- A study finds depression symptoms are associated with increased risk of death
- Researchers identified the stress hormone cortisol and inflammatory pathways
- Over a prolonged period of chronic stress, body tissue becomes desensitized
So does proving a negative also help confirm a positive? If a negative attitude hurts one’s chances, doesn’t that imply a positive attitude can help?
CLICK HERE to read the article in it’s entirety. Interesting stuff!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat