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CANCER: Increasing Your Odds for Survival. This Emmy-nominated documentary, hosted by Walter Cronkite, is designed to help people survive cancer. It provides vital information which cancer patients and their families need to make informed decisions. The documentary and book deliver a comprehensive overview of the disease, treatments, latest developments, organizations and resources to assist cancer patients in doing all they can to win their fight against cancer, as well as, improve the quality of their lives.

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Cancer Profile Characteristics

Researchers have looked for personality characteristics shared by all cancer patients. For many, the development of their cancer has been preceded by a significant loss in their lives and often a loss of hope. Although there is yet to be a definition of a cancer personality that fits all people with cancer, some experts believe that for many people, and for certain types of cancers, psychological elements are more of a factor. There are, however, psychological traits and stressful events commonly shared by people who contract cancer. Cancer profile characteristics include:

  • having experienced a significant loss
  • being overly critical towards oneself
  • having a disturbed or emotionally sterile relationship with parents
  • suppressing anger or strong emotions
  • hopelessness, depression, and being a self-sacrificing kind of person.

The adverse effects of these characteristics on a person's immune system could be reduced by working with a caring competent therapist, see the next section for guidance on "Finding a Cancer Therapist".


You can Fight for Your Life: Emotional Factors in the Treatment of Cancer, by Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D. (National Book Network, 1980)

The Type C Connection: The Behavioral Links to Cancer and Your Health, by Lydia Temoshok, Ph.D., and Henry Dreher (Random House, 1992).

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