The current literature suggests that approximately half to two thirds of those diag-
nosed with breast cancer handle it well psychologically (Baker, Marcellus, Zabora, Pol-
land, Jodrey, 1997; Spiegel, 1996). In fact, some individuals with a history of cancer
report renewed vigor in their approach to life, and stronger interpersonal relationships
(Anderson, 1986; Cella & Tross, 1986). For example, Tempelaar and colleagues (1989)
found that cancer patients reported more positive and fewer negative social experiences
than a comparison group of healthy “normals.