Psychological Medicine

Original Articles

Psychological response to cancer and survival1

S. Greera1 c1

a1 From the CRC Psychological Medicine Group, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton


The hypothesis is advanced that the psychological stance which patients adopt in response to cancer can, in some cases, influence the course of their disease. This hypothesis is examined in the light of the author's 15-year follow-up study of women with early breast cancer and of other pertinent studies. The available evidence supports the hypothesis in respect of certain earlystage non-metastatic cancers.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr S. Greer, CRC Psychological Medicine Group, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5PT.


1 Lecture delivered at the Cancer and Mind Conference, London, February 1990.