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The Role of Spirituality 

The Role of Spirituality
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The Role of Spirituality
Author(s):

Mary Jo Kreitzer

and John E. Wagner

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0016
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date: 23 October 2019

Chapter 16 discusses the role of spirituality in cancer care, including how spiritual assessment or screening can be conducted by a physician, nurse, spiritual care provider, or other health professional as a routine part of providing care, that it is common for screening questions to be incorporated into standard health history interviews and forms, of spiritual issues faced by patients with cancer and their families include grief, loss, pain, suffering, shock, denial, fear, hopelessness, spiritual distress, despair, isolation, and survivor guilt, and that these issues may differ in their occurrence and intensity at different phases along the cancer continuum, such as new diagnosis, periods of remission, recurrence, long-term survival, and/or at the end of life, and commonly used spiritual practices, which include prayer, meditation, journaling, labyrinth walking, and interacting with nature.

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