Cancer, Stress, and Death

  • Jean Taché
  • Hans Selye
  • Stacey B. Day

Part of the Sloan-Kettering Institute Cancer Series book series (SKICS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Hans Selye
    Pages 11-19
  3. G. M. Brown, J. Seggie, P. Ettigi
    Pages 29-39
  4. Joel Elkes
    Pages 117-120
  5. Eric J. Cassell
    Pages 121-128
  6. Mary L. S. Vachon, W. Alan Lyall, Joy Rogers, Anton Formo, Karen Freedman, Jeanette Cochrane et al.
    Pages 129-139
  7. Debbie Bowles, Janet Schyving Payne
    Pages 141-144
  8. Stephen Nye Barton, David W. Coombs, John P. Zakanycz
    Pages 145-159
  9. Jean Taché, Hans Selye, Stacey B. Day
    Pages 161-185
  10. Paul J. Rosch
    Pages 187-212
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 219-233

About this book


When I delivered the keynote address at our joint 1977 symposium on Cancer, Stress, and Death in Montreal, I took great pride in announcing my unique qualification for this singular honor-I had survived a normally fatal cancer, a histiocytic reticulosarcoma that had developed under the skin of my thigh several years pre­ viously. Faced with the physical and emotional realities of this situa­ tion, I refused to retreat from life in desperation. I immediately underwent surgery and cobalt therapy, but insisted on knowing my chances for a lasting recovery, which at that time seemed far from encouraging. Although I knew it would take tremendous self-discipline, I was determined to continue living and working without worrying about the outcome. I suppressed any thoughts of my ostensibly imminent death, but rewrote my will, including in it several suggestions for the continuation of my work by my colleagues. Having taken care of that business, I promptly forced myself to disregard the whole calamity. I immersed myself in my work-and I survived! But, of course, this was not my only reason for my feelings of pride and accomplishment.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Taché
    • 1
  • Hans Selye
    • 2
  • Stacey B. Day
    • 3
  1. 1.International Institute of StressPointe-ClaireCanada
  2. 2.International Institute of StressMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer ResearchNew YorkUSA

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