Stress Does Not Speed Breast Cancer Death: Study
[04/19/2001; Reuters Health]
Although severe stress can erode health,
women with breast cancer need not fear that stressful events
prior to their diagnosis will cut their odds of surviving the
disease, new research suggests. Investigators say the findings
should reassure women living with breast cancer. In a study of
nearly 700 breast cancer patients, Canadian researchers found
that major stressful events in the 5 years before diagnosis had
no bearing on women's survival odds. Dr. Elizabeth Maunsell and
her colleagues at Universite Laval in Quebec followed the women
for 7 years after their cancer diagnosis. Among the one third
of patients who died during this time, there was no evidence
that stressful life events played a role, the researchers report
in the March/April issue of Psychosomatic Medicine.
2) ABSTRACT: Stressful Life Events and Survival After Breast Cancer
[04/19/2001; Psychosomatic Medicine]
Objective: This study assessed the relation of stressful life
events with survival after breast cancer.
Conclusions: Stress was conceptualized as life events presumed
to be negative, undesirable, or to require adjustment by the
person confronting them. We found no evidence indicating that
this kind of stress during the 5 years before diagnosis negatively
affected survival among women with nonmetastatic breast cancer.
Evidence from this study and others on the lack of effect of this
type of stress on survival may be reassuring for women living with
Thanks to breastcancer.net
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