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Spiritual and Religious Considerations 

Spiritual and Religious Considerations
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Spiritual and Religious Considerations
Author(s):

Mary Lynn Dell

and Daniel H. Grossoehme

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199335114.003.0026
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date: 11 April 2021

Clinicians, pediatric oncology patients, families, and communities dealing with childhood cancers commonly cite religious and spiritual beliefs as helpful, and often as sustaining. This support occurs across the continuum of initial diagnosis, intensive treatments, remissions, recurrences, through the dying process, death, bereavement, and beyond. Diagnosis of life-altering or life-threatening illness raises key questions at the interface of medicine, palliative care, and spirituality and religion-such as the meaning of life and suffering. Differntiation among the words spirituality, religion, and faith is made.

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