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January-07-98

Stress Linked to Fight Against Breast Cancer

A study issued in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reports a link between anxiety and a weakened immune system in breast cancer patients. Researchers interviewed 116 women after surgery for invasive breast cancer, but before starting radiation or chemotherapy. The researchers first conducted psychological tests to determine levels of stress related to the disease and then tested the womens blood for immune cell levels. Those with high stress had weakened immune systems. The study is the first in several designed to determine if lowering stress can aid in the fight against cancer. Researchers noted, it is hard to ignore that support can favorably affect the course of some cancers.

Media Resources: Nando.net and Washington Post - January 7, 1998