The issues brought on by illness involve more than just what the disease or treatment may do to the body. The mind and spirit are affected as well. Religious values and beliefs affect coping with illness. Some researchers suggest that religious convictions and beliefs are associated with higher levels of self-reported well-being. There are many resources available to patients that might be helpful during an illness. When illness occurs, many people have to learn to ask for and accept outside help for the first time. Jackson Oncology Associates can refer patients and families to chaplains and counselors that can provide spiritual and emotional resources needed to face the demands of coping with an illness and treatment.