Counseling Helps Breast Cancer Survivors

by Dana Demas

A new study finds that regular counseling benefits breast cancer survivors in more ways than one.

Researchers followed more than 227 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer. The women who attended weekly, then monthly, stress-reduction counseling had a lower risk of recurrence and a lower risk of death if the cancer came back, when compared to women who received no counseling.

Women who went to counseling also had better quality sleep and fewer chemotherapy-related symptoms than those who didn’t.

However, researchers caution that the study was small and the role of stress reduction in breast cancer remains to be understood.

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