Changes in Spirituality and Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy

Bethany T. Samuelson, Erik K. Fromme, Charles R. Thomas

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Purpose: Investigations into the role of spirituality in cancer confirm the association of good spiritual well-being with many positive outcomes. This study aimed to evaluate potential changes in spirituality over the course of radiation therapy (RT). Patients and Materials: The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Spiritual questionnaire measuring spiritual well-being and quality of life (QOL) was administered to adult patients undergoing RT. Scores were compared using student t tests and chi-square analysis. Results: Despite statistically significant declines in QOL measures such as physical well-being (P <.001) and overall well-being (P <.001), no significant changes were noted in spirituality for all comers. A significant increase in the Sp-12 spirituality measure (P =.001) was noted in patients with breast cancer, independent of age, gender, and purpose of treatment. Sp-12 scores were positively correlated with overall QOL scores (P <.001).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-454
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • cancer
  • palliative care
  • quality of life
  • radiation therapy
  • spiritual well-being
  • spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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