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Pre-surgical stress management boosts immune function, lowers mood disturbance in prostate cancer patients
Date:1/28/2011

ral killer function and the cytokine IL-1b than men in the SC group
  • Increased immune system parameters, which decreased or stayed the same for the other two groups

    The SM group also had lower mood disturbances before surgery, but this was not found to be associated with immune outcomes.

    "This study and evidence from other studies show that psychological intervention before an acute stressor can be beneficial to patients," said Cohen, who is also director of the Integrative Medicine Program. "The implications are that managing stress has biological as well as psychological benefits and might have an effect on aspects of disease."

    Further, Cohen says, it suggests that it's important to engage in some type of stress management during stressful periods, especially before surgery.

    Next steps

    Since the men who took part in this study were mostly white, non-Hispanic, married, and highly educated, researchers say additional studies are needed in more diverse populations, as well as men with advanced disease.

    "We're looking at targeting future research to people who might benefit the most, in particular those who are the most distressed and have the lowest level of social support," Cohen said. "This will help provide the most benefit and effective use of health care system's limited resources."


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  • Contact: Laura Sussman
    lsussman@mdanderson.org
    713-745-2457
    University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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