Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 24, 2012
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study that found that a healthy social life can play an important role in the treatment of cancer.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/cancer-articles/breast-cancer/study-finds-surprising-way-to-help-beat-breast-cancer) reports, a team of scientists at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research found that the quality of a patient’s personal relationships is as important as how many people are there to support them when it comes to predicting breast cancer survival.
As the article “Study Finds Surprising Way to Help Beat Breast Cancer” reports, past studies have found that women with larger social networks (including spouses or partners, female relatives, friends, religious and social ties, and voluntary work) have a better chance of surviving breast cancer. This new study reveals that the quality of those relationships also is important to survival.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article outlines, the study included 2,264 women diagnosed with early-stage, invasive breast cancer; it examined them from 1997 to 2000. After providing information on their personal relationships, they were characterized as socially isolated (few ties), moderately integrated, or socially integrated (many ties).
According to the article, researchers used a survey to measure the quality and support of the women’s relationships. The study found that levels of support within relationships were important risk factors for breast cancer mortality. Basically, women with small networks, but high levels of support, were not at greater risk than those with large networks. Those with small networks and low support were 61% more likely to die from breast cancer and other causes than those with small networks and high levels of support.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes that even if women don’t have strong social relationships, there are ways to improve these important networks. Two quick places to turn are the community and religion. Groups that help forge a sense of inclusion can deliver the kind of support proven to help people who’ve been diagnosed with cancer beat the disease.
(SOURCE: Kroenke, C., et al., “Social networks, social support and burden in relationships, and mortality after breast cancer diagnosis,” Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 2012; 133 (1): 375; DOI: 10.1007/s10549-012-1962-3.)
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