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Int Disabil Stud. 1988;10(3):119-22.

Loosening the bonds of cancer: how feasible?

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  • 1Dept. of Epidemiology and Social Oncology, Christie Hospital & Holt Radium Inst., Withington, Manchester, Great Britain.


This paper assesses the scope that exists for increasing the personal autonomy of people with cancer. Current organization of cancer services does little to promote autonomy. However, coping theory suggests that autonomy can be enhanced by complementary therapies, by changing perceptions of cancer, and by techniques which minimize the emotional response to the stress of this disease.

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