The loss of hope is one of the three most debilitating psychological challenges that cancer patients face, along with unwanted aloneness and loss of control. But conventional approaches to cancer care can be so fixated on the disease that the patient’s wellbeing and the healing power of hope are often overlooked. Hope provides the fuel for healing. Hope provides the vision that healing is possible and achievable. Without hope, the patient can fall into helplessness, despair and depression which are negative predictors for survival and recovery

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