Nursing and Palliative Care
Living with cancer is associated with significant psychological strain. The prevalence and severity of this distress varies according to the time, type, and stage of cancer, as well as other variables including treatment regimen, side effects, and prognosis. More often than not, these struggles are neglected as part of the traditional cancer care plan. Yet, if left unaddressed, emotional strain can add to the suffering caused by cancer by negatively affecting treatment compliance. Faith communities, such as churches, provide an ideal atmosphere to serve and support individuals battling cancer. However, research indicates that spiritual care is often a neglected component in cancer care. Therefore, the purpose of this investigation was to describe felt needs of current cancer patients, availability of psychological services within religious settings, and the capacity of pastors to provide emotional support to cancer patients. Our investigation showed that the majority of church leaders recognize this need and desire training in this particular area. Therefore, a need for an effective church-equipping program is evident and should be a priority of cancer care providers.
Palliative care, cancer, care providers, religious settings
Spellman, Ched E.; Tse, Luke M.; Wonders, Andrew W.; Wonders, Karen; and Stout, Brittany, "Current Trends in Cancer Support Within the Religious Community" (2017). Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications. 403.