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Stress and Cancer

Allison Schach 2014By Allison Schach, Marketing Content Coordinator
On Thursday, March 03, 2016
In Science News

THE SCARE PAIR: STRESS AND CANCER

It seems everyone knows someone who has or has had cancer. It’s one of the biggest medical mysteries of recent time. With so many types and variations of cancer, each treatment is often a guessing game as to what will work for a specific patient.

There are still major questions about the growth and movement of cancer cells.

Personally, it’s extremely painful to watch someone go through the process – tests, imaging, diagnosis, and then to treatment where doctors essentially say, “This is what we usually do but it may have the opposite effect, so we’ll watch it closely.”

All the while, patients wonder if treatment is really working and what more they can do to help their prognosis.

Now, there’s something concrete they can do. Of course stress is always bad for health, and a cancer diagnosis certainly doesn’t help, but a new study out of Monash University in Australia provides definitive proof of how important it is for cancer patients to avoid stress.

They also found a possible solution: beta-blockers.

Normally used for heart conditions, beta-blockers were found to reduce the metastasis of cancer cells. While there are still many unknowns about cancer, this is certainly a big step toward improving both treatment methods and prognoses!

Stress is implicated in increased tumor progression risk and poor survival in cancer patients. A number of recent studies have linked these effects to the promotion of tumor cell dissemination through the bloodstream via stress-induced pathways... 

Read the entire article, How Stress Affects Cancer's Spread by Catherine Offord.

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