Reducing the Fear Factor in Cancer

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.    We will most certainly have entered a new era in medicine when the dread of cancer has abated. For decades this dread has been well founded. Both the disease itself and its treatments created anxiety, which is the worst of both worlds. Emotional attitudes tend to shift slowly.  What would it take to turn the corner on cancer?   To enter the range of a “normal” disorder, cancer would have to be 1) Preventable and

Optimistic Thoughts About Cancer–For Real

By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D   It’s hard to get people to feel optimistic about cancer, with good reason. It remains the most feared diagnosis in medicine, and fear is a powerful force, all the more so when it contains irrationality. If you ask women, for example, which disorder they are more anxious about, breast cancer or heart disease, there’s little doubt what the answer would be. But fear is a very bad guide to reality. Out of