Women battling breast cancer may now have another means of fighting the disease - attending counseling sessions.
According to VOANews.com
, researchers at Ohio State University discovered that breast cancer patients who sought the help of therapist were less likely to have a recurrence of the disease years later. The data was collected from over 200 women who were divided into two groups.
Lead researcher Barbara Andersen said that the therapy "had a large component for stress reduction, teaching patients how to relax. But it also had elements to help them cope with their cancer treatments, change their health behaviors such as their diet, or exercise more frequently."
However, these services do not come cheap, and patients who are stuck with mounting health care bills may be reluctant to take this treatment on.
Anderson recognizes this unfortunate circumstance. "Certainly with the escalating health care costs, other additional services for patients are being squeezed, if you will."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.