Study shows stress management can improve the outcome for breast cancer patients
Mar 21, 2012
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Miami found that stress management can be beneficial for breast cancer patients on a molecular level.
The researchers studied a group of 79 women who were diagnosed with stage III breast cancer and started behavioral therapy. The findings showed an increase in the patient's overall health if they underwent some of the stress management therapies.
"You essentially have this timeframe in a woman's life where she is getting diagnosed with breast cancer, followed by surgery, then chemotherapy or radiation, and it's very stressful," said study leader Michael Antoni. "This can be an emotionally and physically exhausting period offering little opportunity for recovery. If stress affects the immune system in a negative way, then their recovery could be slowed down and those patients taking longer to recover may be at risk for poorer health outcomes."
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news.