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Emotional State Doesn’t Affect Cancer Survival
*Researchers found no difference between upbeat, less
positive patients
By Madeline Vann
Posted 10/22/07
MONDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) — Neither positive
nor negative emotional
states predict how long a person with cancer will
survive, a new study finds.

University of Pennsylvania researchers say that
among head and neck cancer
patients, emotional health — good or bad — is not
an independent factor
affecting prognosis.

“We anticipated finding that emotional well-being
would predict the outcome of
cancer. We exhaustively looked for it, and we
concluded there is no effect for
emotional well-being on cancer outcome,” said study
author and University of
Pennsylvania psychologist James Coyne. “I think

[cancer survival] i