Spiritual distress may make it harder
for patients to cope with cancer and
cancer treatment. Health care providers
may encourage patients to meet with
experienced spiritual or religious leaders
to help deal with their spiritual issues. This
may improve their health, quality of life,
and ability to cope. In this lecture, we will
focus on these discussion points:
- Religious and spiritual values are
important to patients coping with cancer.
- Spirituality and religion may have different meanings.
- Serious illness, such as cancer, may cause spiritual
distress, and may also affect health.
- Spiritual and religious well-being may help improve
quality of life.
- A spiritual assessment may help medical providers
understand the way a person copes with cancer.
- Medical providers help patients with spiritual needs by
listening, setting goals, and planning treatment with
the patient’s wishes in mind.
Dr. Matthew McCurdy, MD, PhD
Dec 7 (Th)
12 noon–1 pm
$35 (Includes lunch. Pre-registration is required.)
Matthew McCurdy, MD, PhD is Board Certified
in Radiation Oncology and Board Eligible in Integrative
Medicine. In addition to offering all of the latest
technology and knowledge for patients needing radiation
treatments, Dr. McCurdy empowers all cancer patients,
whether receiving radiation or not, with integrative
medicine throughout their cancer treatment and
survivorship. Dr. McCurdy received his medical degree
at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and PhD in
Bioengineering at Rice University in Houston as part of a
National Institutes of Health-funded dual degree MD/PhD
program. He was designated a “Top Doctor” in 2012. Dr.
McCurdy has numerous research publications and was
awarding the Roentgen Award, Oncologist Award, and
numerous scholarships and travel grants for his efforts.
Dr. McCurdy practices what he preaches. Formerly an elite
triathlete, he competes in marathons competitively, eats a
plant-based anti-inflammatory diet, plays the trumpet and
piano and sings, and finds purpose in life with his wife and two kids and volunteering in the community.