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October 22, 2007


Andy Hunt

Those weren't the results most people would have expected (except perhaps hardened sceptics).

I had a look at the FACT-G scale expecting to find an extensive inventory of a persons emotional and psychological state and found just 6 questions.

That seems like a bit of a blunt instrument to explore all the psychological and emotional facets of the cancer experience. A little more investigation might be required before writing off emotional wellbeing as a factor in survival.

Even if it turns out that there is no correlation between emotional wellbeing and survival rates, I'd rather be contented than not for what time remains. That's true regardless of whether I have cancer or not. After all life is a temporary arrangement for all of us. It's about quality of life not quantity.

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