This post is not for everybody here and if you do not subscribe to spiritual needs then please note that I intend this post for those who do. I certainly do not mean for this discussion to offend anyone but it's a real topic for many here. I believe in the "integrative" approach to oncology and palliative care. This means more than treating a patient's tumor but rather treating mind, body, and spirit.
The link below was sent to me by my friend Kathy Meade who is a wonderful lady committing much of her time to being a prostate cancer advocate. She lost her husband to the disease and has two son's she'll do anything to help them avoid that journey.
The following article was in the Huffington Post and it touches on the spiritual needs of those who are facing death in their illness.www.huffingtonpost.com/kenneth-j-doka/spiritual-needs-of-the-dy_b_831123.html
At this time I will reflect on what a friend who is a member of the Society of Integrative Oncology in essence told me:
Spirituality is not to be confused with religiosity, but religiosity can play that role in addressing a patient's needs spiritually. To treat a person's spiritual needs requires understanding the patients personal beliefs and tailoring a support mechanism that fits that patients needs. ...it is by this means some patients can have their sense of control restored after having it taken away by their diagnosis and prognostic circumstances.
I might be off a bit on the verbatim, but I have the slides from his presentation on the matter. If anyone would like to read more on the matter here is his website:www.integrativeoncology-essentials.com
Or more specifically:www.integrativeoncology-essentials.com/menu/topics/topics/spirituality.html
Here you will find official links regarding spirituality by the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and more...
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 3/7/2011 9:56:19 PM (GMT-7)