“Fighting spirit” after cancer diagnosis does not improve outcomeBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7496.865-a (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:865
- Roger Dobson
Having a fighting spirit in response to a diagnosis of breast cancer does not improve the chances of survival, according to new research that tracked more than 500 women for 10 years. But women who were classed as having a helpless or hopeless response to their diagnosis were more likely to relapse or to die.
In the study, which was published online ahead of print in the European Journal of Cancer (doi:10.1016/j.ejca.2005.01.012), researchers looked at psychological responses to diagnosis, including helplessness or hopelessness and fighting spirit, and compared them with outcomes 10 years later.
All the women in the study had …