An article in the Jewish Exponent explores the role of prayer for patients dealing with significant illnesses. Cancer patients seem to pray more than patients with other life-threatening illnesses, according to research conducted by Jun Mao, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine and director of the integrative oncology program in the Abramson Cancer Center. Mao recommends that physicians encourage the religious affiliations or spiritual quests of their patients. Spirituality can provide patients with an incredible amount of relief, he notes. To patients, he recommends that they try alternative practices and therapies, but within the context of conventional medical treatments.
Jewish Exponent article