The Impact of Spirituality on Cancer Treatment

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Introduction Spirituality or what is termed as an ultimate or immaterial reality involves processes through which a person undergoes a struggle to find a meaning that reflects his inner being and explore the very existence of his essence and presence in the world. Through the practice of spiritual exercises a person gains a much better understanding of his Creator and benefactor, moreover it is also said that spirituality brings a person closer to God. There are three major methods through which spirituality is performed; these include the actions of meditation, contemplation and prayer. All three actions through their special postures and kinesics attempts to bridge the gap between God and his creation and it is through these actions that a person gets the opportunity to address his problems, his difficulties and toils through a religious action. (Taylor, Elizabeth and Ruth 1997) Science, Spirituality and Cancer Every religion of the world accentuates on the principle of spirituality in different ways. In Christianity, the action of binding hands is considered as a method of gaining spiritual essence and importance whereas in Islam the different body postures of offering prayers are important in terms of attaining spirituality. (Waijmann 2002) On the other hand, a modern area of research that has captivated the attention of medicine and health experts all over the globe is to unearth the connection between spirituality and spiritual essence and the ways it can be used to heal or cure extremely lethal diseases such as cancer. The use of spiritual means has always been a fascinating subject of study in the case of third world or developing countries where the scope of scientific and technological advancements is still on a ... ... middle of paper ... ...Jones and Bartlett Learning Waaijman, Kees 2002 ‘Spirituality: forms foundations and methods’ Peeters Publishers Fisch J. Michael Burton W. Allen 2006 ‘Cancer Pain Management’ Mc-Graw Hill Professional King, Cyndy 2006 ‘Cancer and Spirituality’ retrieved on July 19 from: http://www.healthline.com/blogs/cancer_treatment_survivorship/2006/12/cancer-and-spirituality.html Hareyan, Armen 2004 ‘Spirituality in Cancer Care’ retrieved on July 19 from: http://www.emaxhealth.com/9/681.html Eldbridge, Lynne 2010 ‘Lung Cancer and Spirituality: does your spiritual life have a role in your Cancer treatment’ retrieved on July 19 from: http://lungcancer.about.com/od/livingwithlungcancer/a/spirituallife.htm National Cancer Institute 2009 ‘Spirituality in Cancer Care’ retrieved on July 19 from: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/spirituality/Patient
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