The stress management program affects which genes in the cells of the immune system are turned on and off. This may provide better recovery during treatment for breast cancer.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 31, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a new health breakthrough from Florida that has shown that managing stress can have enormous benefits for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/breast-cancer/the-link-between-stress-and-a-specific-cancer), researchers found that stress management can affect the processes that promote tumors — at a cellular level. It is one of the first studies to link psychological treatments with having effects on genes in cancer patients.
The stress management program affects which genes in the cells of the immune system are turned on and off. This may provide better recovery during treatment for breast cancer. Women were able to psychologically adapt better to the whole notion of undergoing cancer treatment. And there were physical changes that showed women recovered better.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that this study showed that tackling stress helps support cancer treatment and — most importantly — promote recovery over the first year. Past research has shown that during times of adversity, a person's nervous and endocrine system sends signals to the immune system, which defends one from disease. In response, the body activates specific genes inside immune cells called white blood cells.
For women in the program, researchers say that their bodies were producing more molecules associated with a healthy immune system. At the same time, genes responsible for the production of substances linked to cancer progression were shut down more.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article further mentioned that the program in question was 10 weeks of combined relaxation, imagery, and deep breathing, along with cognitive behavior therapy. These are hallmarks of meditation and stress relief. They are designed to help patients reduce bodily tension, change the way they deal with stressful thoughts, decrease negative moods, and improve their interpersonal communication skills.
(SOURCE: Behavioral Stress Management Reverses Anxiety-Related Leukocyte Transcriptional Dynamics," Biological Psychiatry, published online Mar. 18, 2012.)
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