From the American Cancer Society –
Attitudes and Cancer
When a person is told they have cancer, they might find themselves wondering:
- Did I bring the cancer on myself?
- Can my emotions really make cancer grow or affect the outcome of my treatment?
- Can I control the tumor growth by visualizing how my body is fighting the cancer or by thinking myself well?
- Would relaxation or keeping a “positive attitude” help cure my cancer?
An important part of coping with a cancer diagnosis is recognizing emotions and feelings. Treatment that deals with our emotions and relationships (sometimes called psychosocial interventions) can help people with cancer feel more upbeat and have a better quality of life. But there’s no good evidence to support the idea that these interventions can reduce the risk of cancer, keep cancer from coming back, or help the person with cancer live longer. Still, things like group support, individual therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques can be used to help reduce distress and cope with the emotions that come with a cancer diagnosis.