This study was presented last month at an American

Psychological Association meeting in Boston.

Learning how to relax may help save the lives of women with breast cancer. Researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus studied 115 women with Stage II or Stage III breast cancer.

Half of the women were enrolled in a psychological intervention program that taught muscle relaxation and the importance of regular exercise and a healthy diet. The other half of the study group received no intervention.

Women who went through the intervention program showed lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and higher levels of an antibody known to fight breast cancer tumors.

The study also found women who did not go through the program experienced more severe nausea and vomiting after receiving their chemotherapy dosage than women who did participate in the program.

Lead researcher Barbara Andersen, a professor of psychology, concluded the intervention program helped the women tolerate their chemotherapy better so they could stay on track and receive the full dosage.

Anderson says the patients who learned stress reduction techniques also reported a better quality of life and lower levels of depression.

Researchers point out antibody levels dropped in both groups of women because they were undergoing the stressful experience of chemotherapy.

Study:Stress Before Cancer Diagnosis

USA Today, 3/03

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & QOL

Psychosomatic Medicine, 8/03

Mindful-based Stress Reduction & Cortisol/DHEAS/Melatonin
Unstress for Success

LINK to site with video/DVD on TAT techniques

Post-traumatic Growth, Spirituality, Psychological... Ca Pts

No Am Res Conf on Complementary & Integrative Medicine, May, 2006

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