Existential issues do not necessarily result in existential suffering: lessons from cancer patients in Israel.

@article{Blinderman2005ExistentialID,
  title={Existential issues do not necessarily result in existential suffering: lessons from cancer patients in Israel.},
  author={Craig D. Blinderman and Nathan I. Cherny},
  journal={Palliative medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={19 5},
  pages={371-80}
}
Existential distress has been recognized as a source of suffering for oncology patients. This study focusses on existential issues and coping mechanisms of a unique culturally diverse Jewish/Middle Eastern oncology population. A qualitative assessment of 40 patients with advanced cancer was undertaken through an interview process addressing the following themes: autonomy, dignity/body image, social isolation, coping mechanisms, guilt/past disappointments, spiritual health, meaning, hope and… CONTINUE READING

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