News You Can Use A monthly newsletter from the Cancer Learning Center • December 2009 - Issue 53 Spirituality and Cancer
Spirituality can be called a consciousness that the physical realm may not completely define reality. People may express it as belief in a higher power or as awareness that each of us fits into a larger environment. No matter how it is expressed, spirituality can help people deal with cancer and its effects.
Everyone has their own way of connecting to spirit. Participation in an organized religion, acceptance of religious beliefs, prayer, meditation, creative work, or service to others—these are just a few of the many spiritual practices that can help people find hope and meaning.
Look Good, Feel Better
Practices such as meditation can improve quality of life by decreasing depression and anxiety.
Some studies show quality-of-life benefits for people with stronger spiritual beliefs and practices. Although there is no evidence that spiritual practice can treat cancer, it can decrease depression, anxiety, isolation, and substance abuse. It often increases positive feelings.
Patients interested in exploring spiritual practices that work for them can speak with the hospital chaplain or Patient and Family Support staff. Tey may also find resources in patient libraries and support groups. Patients involved in organized religions can turn to representatives of their faith for specific help.
For more information, contact the Cancer Learning Center at 1-888-424-2100.
Questions About Cancer?
Te Cancer Learning Center (CLC) gives you the answers you need—in person, by phone, or by e-mail. Te CLC library has more than 3,000 books, videos, CDs, and audiobooks on a variety of cancer topics that anyone can check out free. Talk one-on-one with trained and caring staff, or send an e-mail for answers to your cancer questions.
Visit the first floor of Huntsman Cancer Institute Call 1-888-424-2100 toll free
Send e-mail to patient.edu
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday Free for everyone
Every month, the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center partners with the American Cancer Society to provide the Look Good…Feel Better program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Te program is offered on the fourth Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Presenters show creative ways to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories. Te program also offers cosmetic tips to help patients feel better about how they look. Participants receive a free cosmetic kit that matches their skin tone. Call the Wellness Center at 801-587-4585
for current and former patients and their families
Tuesdays 5 – 6 p.m. Fridays 10 – 11 a.m.
For more information, call the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center at 801-587-4585
Join us for a once-a-month chance to share books about the life stories of some amazing and surprising individuals who meet life’s challenges and joys head on!
Who: All Huntsman Cancer Institute patients and caregivers
When: December 17, 2009 @ 12:30 & 5:30
Where: Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness Center, First Floor, Huntsman Cancer Institute
How much: It’s free! Please call Cathy Ricci at 801-587-4585 to pre-register.
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