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Spiritual link to cancer pain, attitude explored
Spiritual link to cancer pain, attitude explored

Researchers want to know if spiritual wellbeing can help cancer patients stay positive and better manage their pain.

Ahead of its Daffodil Day fundraiser tomorrow, Cancer Council Australia is launching a world-first study to measure the importance of feelings such as hope, love, peace and forgiveness and their effect on patients' emotional and physical wellbeing.

Adelaide University researcher Hayley Whitford and council chief executive Professor Ian Olver will study how patients and their families cope and whether appreciation and connectedness help them stay resilient and maintain a better quality of life.

"This study builds on a decade of research on hope and spiritual wellbeing and is the first of its kind to attempt to psychometrically assess the underlying aspects of spiritual wellbeing such as love, peace, meaning and faith, and how they each affect people's resilience against depression, anxiety and stress," he said.

"It's also unique because it aims to compare the experiences of people at different stages of the cancer journey and which aspects of wellbeing are the most important at which stage."

Owen Ledger, 6, and his sister Mardi, 4, will help to promote daffodil sales tomorrow in the CBD, West Perth and major shopping centres, after their father James survived the skin cancer melanoma.

Cancer Council WA hopes to raise $820,000 for research, support and care for patients and their families and to run prevention programs.

The West Australian

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