Stress - Two Versions of a Study

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 breast cancer.

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