Study: Chronic Stress Can Damage Cancer Patients' Chromosomes

by: cancercompass

According to a study presented at the American Association of Cancer Research this week, lowering stress benefits cancer patients'health.

Researchers studied 31 women with cervical cancer and discovered that those who underwent regular counseling sessions had less telomere shortening.

Telomere shortening is associated with chromosomes deteriorating, which can lead to mutations.

“We are trying to understand the interconnections between the mind and the body; that is, how does the diagnosis and treatment of cancer impact patients not only psychologically, but also physiologically and how can we improve their outcome. Cancer drives a chronic stress response in some patients,” Edward Nelson, M.D., division chief of hematology/oncology at the University of California, stated in a news release.

Mind-Body Medicine, also known as Psychoneuroimmunology or PNI, is a complementary therapy along with regular cancer treatments that explores a cancer patient's body, mind and spirit, while trying to keep all three healthy and positive.

What do you think of this study? How has stress effected your life with regard to cancer treatment?