Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 231–241 | Cite as

Ministering to cancer patients

  • Michael E. Cavanagh


Ministers, both ordained and lay, face a special challenge in caring for cancer patients and their families. It is important for seminarians and ministers to have not only a basic understanding of cancer but also of the myriad psychological and spiritual dynamics that cancer patients and their families present. Cancer presents severe stress not only for patients and families but also for ministers who care for them. It is vitally important for ministers to develop the competence and confidence necessary to face this challenge.


Cancer Patient Severe Stress Basic Understanding Special Challenge 
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