My patient with breast cancer just informed me that all the doctors have given her the diagnosis of stage 4 cancer as if it was the death sentence. She felt sad and seems to believe what they are saying.
I replied: ” those who are happy that they are alive are more likely to live longer than those who thinks that their lives are about to end soon.”
And this is so true. I have had patients who worries too much about their condition that it has taken control of their lives or the fear of death that faces them, makes them even more prone to their death bed.
Those who are happy, accepted their fate but at the same time tries to live their lives as much as they can, have lesser incidence of infections and cancer-related morbidities.
In the end, it is the psyche of the patient that dictates the course of their lives, rather than the other way aroun