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Handwriting analysis in cancer patients


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Graphological studies has been performing in oncological patients to study patient personality and organs dysfunction.

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Handwriting analysis in cancer patients

  1. 1. HANDWRITING ANALYSIS IN CANCER PATIENTS CLINICAL-RADIOLOGICAL AND GRAPHOLOGICAL CORRELATION Francesco Matozza M.D. - Consultant Oncologist Rawson and Rivadavia Hospitals , Buenos Aires Prof. Adriana Ortiz – Consultant graphologist, Handwriting expert. Instituto Binet- Buenos Aires Daniel Levy M.D. , Chief Department of Oncology Rivadavia Hospital , Buenos Aires
  2. 2. Introduction • Cancer is an illness that has a number of causes. Whether a person develops a form of cancer or not may depend on one or more of these causal factors: • Hereditary • Environmental • Behaviour • Psycho-socio-emotional • These factors can be present at any one time and yet the person may not develop the illness. • The study of one’s personal handwriting can show the relationship between his central nervous system and the conscious/ unconscious state of his mind. Therefore it is possible to hypothesize that any changes in a person’s frame of mind may be reflecting don his/her handwriting.
  3. 3. Our aim • To evaluate the use of the ‘graphological analysis of the cancer patient’s personality • Predict the patient’s attitude and behaviour during cancer treatment • Establish the relationship between the graphological analysis of a person’s handwriting and the patient’s prognosis By using statistical analysis Rational for the study • An early diagnosis of metastasis or relapse it is important to establish an adequate treatment in cancer patients. • Handwriting analysis can help oncologist showing organs dysfunction :(lungs, genitourinary tract, Gynaecological, spine, gastro intestinal tract, liver, etc.)
  4. 4. Material and Method • From August 2004 to March 2007, 1400 cases were examined. 280 oncological patients’ (with tumours including breast, lung, ovary, uterus, colon, melanoma, brain, lymphoma, leukaemia, prostrate, thyroid, etc.) and 280 persons without the illness, without distinction of sex and in an age range of between 35 and 70 years were evaluated. . The patients were at different stages of their illness from the clinical and radiological point of view as well as from their handwriting stage. We conducted semi-structured interviews and asked for handwriting samples carried out at the time of the interviews as well as samples from before the onset of the illness. We also collated data from Mammograms, ultrasound, CT scan, bone scan, MRI. PET, Markers, etc.
  5. 5. “f” AND THE HUMAN BODY :
  6. 6. Findings • From the study of the person's handwriting we identified a number of factors more frequently present in the patients group than in the control group. These differences are statistically significant and reliable. • Some of the characteristics identified in their handwriting were not related to the type of cancer present: these characteristics were descendents, variable pressure, torsions, bilateral eaten, twisting, brisement, augmented angles and changes in the tracing. • Percentage of studies carried out • Of 4801 graphological variables carried out, 3585 belong to the group of persons suffering from cancer and 1246 to the control group. Thus we can achieve a 75% for the cancer patients and 25% for the control group.
  7. 7. FEATURE WITH CANCER WITHOUT CANCER 1) Direction. Falling lines or foxtails. 230 73 2) Pressure: irregular in all aspects. 213 78 3) Dimension: Narrow between letters, Inhibited and 134 45 suspended. 4) Twisted and broken forms, especially in ascenders 246 100 and descenders with spasmodic writing. 5) Trembling strokes, closed or congested. Tremors 196 61 Hard to see with the naked eye. 6) Meaningless and unnecessary dots. 145 61 7) Strokes rigid in part or total. Squaring. 207 61 8) Angular handwriting. 207 100 9) Fireplace. 235 84 10) Triangular movements, especially in the ovals. 140 28 11) Jagged -edged on two sides. 274 11 12) Middle zone always with extras, mainly ovals. 257 84 13) Movement direction: regressive and/or mixed. 150 78 14) Letters and/or Word endings missing or suspended. 218 90 15) Wide starting stroke comes from lower zone to the 134 39 left. 16) Paraph circles. 123 22 17) Stroke that crosses out signature for no reason. 151 73 18) Lower zone crossed out with paraph for no reason. 185 50 19 19) Angular paraph to the left. 140 78 TOTAL NUMBER OF THESE FEATURES 3585 1216 NOTED
  8. 8. Statistical analysis 600 549 515 470 500 414 400 Frequency 300 Freq. Patolog Freq. No Pato 168 168 200 123 100 22 0 Squaring Fireplace Jagged-edged Middle zone irreg FEATURE
  9. 9. Percentage of Overall Screening Rates among each group Cancer Patients Control Group 75% 25%
  10. 10. Bone metastasis , breast cancer
  11. 11. Bone metastasis, Breast cancer
  12. 12. CONCLUSIONS • From the graphological point of view we found that in this type of patient, his/her handwriting showed elements of change consistent with the difficulties they were encountering, struggling to adapt to the physical changes caused by the illness and the treatment, as well as their emotions. • For these reasons we believe that cancer patients should be given some form of psychotherapy treatment that would help them with the adaptation of their new condition. • The analysis of a patient's handwriting proved to be a useful, economic and non- invasive technique that can help cancer patients in their follow up and treatment. • This handwriting analysis is very accurate and reliable predicting factor of the disease It can benefit the patients to get a better follow up and the most appropriate treatment. We hope this test it will become standard procedure in cancer patients
  13. 13. GENERAL FINDINGS MEDICAL CONCLUSION • From the statistical analysis cancer patients were divided in two groups: those with good prognosis and those with poor prognosis. • The well-being of this last group was followed up more frequently; clinical and radiological studies were carried out in order to detect progression of the disease. • Patients with poor prognosis had a shorter progression period and shorter disease free survival period. They needed more chemotherapy treatment, and maintenance treatment.
  14. 14. References Prof. Dr. Alfred Kanfer - Clínica Strang de New York –USA Otras experiencias: Hospital for Joint Diseases, en el American Cancer Society y Detroit Cancer Detection Center sobre 2500 casos(1959/61).USA. Prof. Dr. Amado J. Ballandras - “Teoría de la Personalidad Integral” Hospital Rivadavia.1971-Argentina. Ducombs, Susana, ; Pepe,Héctor,; Kischbaum,Luis . “Sindromes paraneoplasicos en la escritura y su utilizacion para la identificacion documentologica” En 1987, fue presentado en Vancouver, . “Women`s health Weekly” - Annette L. Stanton, PhD, professor of psychology Universisty of Kansas Lawrence. His results were published in “The Journal of Clinical Oncology” (2002). Doyharzabal, M. del C., Achinelli, Denigra C, y Koziner B, “La grafología como auxiliar en la evaluación del comportamiento del paciente sometido a trasplante de médula ósea”, Revista Oncología Clínica de Agosto del 2001
  15. 15. Acknowledgment: We are indebted to: Prof. Pacifico Cristofanelli, Urbino University, Italy; Prof. Juan Luis Allende del Campo, President of Spanish Society of Graphopsicology. Prof. Nigel Bradley,University of Westminster, London, UK for their continuing support and encouragement as well as for reviewing the presentation of our research in English, Italian and Spanish.