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BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1120
  1. Alex Vass (
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    Petticrew and colleagues (p 1066) say that there is little evidence to show that mental attitude towards illness affects survival from or recurrence of cancer. It seems as though the fighting spirit doesn't increase your chances of survival, and a sense of hopelessness or denial doesn't worsen them.

    The authors agree that their findings run counter to the popular belief that psychological coping styles are important. Search the web and it is clear that, …

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