Title
Personality and cancer
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Current opinion in psychiatry. - London
Volume/pages
12(1999) :6 , p. 743-748
ISSN
0951-7367
ISI
000084039000027
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Evidence concerning a possible link between personality and cancer is inconsistent, The present review focuses on recent evidence that links personality-related variables to quality of life, disease progression and development, and screening in the context of cancer, This evidence suggests that personality and social comparison information may impact on adaptation to cancer, that emotional distress may adversely affect the clinical course of cancer, that chronic depression may increase cancer risk, and that emotional distress may influence health-enhancing behaviours. Accordingly, psyche-oncological research should include both state and trait measures of distress and related personality variables, Curr Opin Psychiatry 12:743-748. (C) 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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