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ACS (American Cancer Society) Advice

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Ren, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Ren

    Ren .

    Compare the following ACS message ("Attitude and Cancer" below) to that often (and historically) given to individuals with ME:

    First, "About ACS":
    "For 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer."

    Attitude and Cancer:

    "When you have cancer, grief and sadness are normal.

    In recent years, much attention has been paid to the importance of having a positive attitude. Some people go so far as to suggest that such an attitude will stop the cancer from growing or prevent death. Patients are even told that they will never beat the cancer if they don’t stop feeling sad, bad, depressed, or other so-called “negative” feelings. This kind of message is destructive to people who are dealing with cancer and recurrence. They are fighting for their lives and then are told they are responsible for causing their own illness. And to make matters worse, they may feel as if they aren’t supposed to grieve or feel sad over the new hardships and major changes in their lives. Please do not allow others’ misguided attempts to encourage positive thinking to place the burden of your cancer on you. That is not accurate, and it’s not fair to you.

    Cancer can’t be controlled by a positive attitude.

    Cancer is not caused by a person’s negative attitude nor is it made worse by a person’s thoughts. You might be better able to manage your life and cancer treatment when you are able to look at things in a positive light, but that’s not always possible either. It’s much healthier to admit that having cancer can make you and your loved ones feel sad. Once you can admit that reality, it is easier to get on with your life, whether that life is measured in days, months, or years. Some of those days will be good, some will be not so great. Most of us know that this is the natural course of life anyway – with or without cancer.

    People may tell you about studies that show that patients with a positive attitude live longer. These studies often offer anecdotal evidence (people’s stories) based on too few patients and questionable research methods. No solid, well-accepted research has shown that a patient’s attitude has anything to do with whether the person will live or die. There are patients who live longer than they are expected to, but researchers do not know why. If they did, they could certainly use that information to try to help many people. So don’t let the positive attitude myths stop you from telling your loved ones or your cancer team how you feel. People with positive attitudes still die from cancer. People with negative attitudes often live a normal lifespan despite their cancer. Everyone gets through cancer in their own way."
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014
  2. SilverbladeTE

    SilverbladeTE Senior Member

    Somewhere near Glasgow, Scotland
    If "attitude" could have cured this, I'd have eaten the bastard's (*) balls off in the first week and be dancing on its grave by the weekend :wide-eyed:

    (*)whatever the hell M.E. is and if it had testicles! :D
    Think "Fantastic Voyage" with more...stroppiness hehe
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  3. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Hibernating

    South Australia
    Some nice advice there on that website. :)
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