Navigation Links
Psychological Counseling Boosts Breast Cancer Outcomes
Date:11/17/2008

Interventions cut risk of recurrence, lengthened disease-free survival, study finds

MONDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Psychological counseling may improve the chances of survival for breast cancer patients, a new study says.

Sessions that concentrate on mood improvement, effective coping and altering health behaviors appear to reduce stress and help the patient live longer, according to the report, published in the Dec. 15 issue of Cancer.

"If efficacious psychological interventions to reduce stress are delivered early, they will improve mental health, health and treatment-relevant behaviors, and potentially, biologic outcomes," the authors wrote. "If so, there is the possibility for improved survivorship and survival for cancer patients."

Researchers at Ohio State University based their findings on an 11-year study of more than 200 women who, at the start of the study, had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Patients randomly assigned to psychological intervention groups had about half (55 percent) the risk of cancer recurrence than those who didn't receive counseling. Those intervention patients who did have a recurrence had been cancer-free an average of six months longer than the patients in the control group, a 45 percent reduced risk.

Those in the intervention group also had less than half the risk (44 percent) of death from breast cancer compared with those who were not. They also had a reduced risk of death from all causes, not just cancer.

Psychological interventions may affect immune system changes that are secondary to stress hormones and that may promote cancer growth or metastasis, the authors hypothesized. They recommended that cancer patients be treated for psychological distress as well with medications.

The findings compliment previous papers that found psychological intervention significantly improved psychological, behavioral and health outcomes and enhanced immunity.

More information

The National Cancer Institute has more about breast cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Cancer Society, news release, Nov. 17, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. 1 in 5 bariatric surgery candidates not psychologically cleared for surgery
2. Exercise and psychological counseling could ease cancer-related fatigue
3. Cancer care providers need to proactively address patients psychological and social needs
4. California Wildfires - Psychological Effects; Children ... Psychologist Is Available to Discuss Trauma
5. CME LLC Granted Five-Year Full Approval by the American Psychological Association
6. Understanding College Student Mental Health: The Psychological, Institutional and Legal Issues
7. Many Katrina Survivors Suffered Psychological Symptoms
8. ASPS Studies Re-Evaluate Psychological Benefits and Health Concerns of Silicone Breast Implants
9. Psychotherapist to Young Hollywood Says Male Stars in Psychological Trouble Get a Media Pass as Compared to Female Stars
10. Children who have an active father figure have fewer psychological and behavioral problems
11. Guidelines for evaluation of psychological side-effects of brain injury
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Psychological Counseling Boosts Breast Cancer Outcomes
(Date:5/27/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 27, 2016 , ... ... this installment is bolstered by inspiring human interest stories, courtesy of leaders in ... trends and tech within the industry, from leading advocates and associations—namely Jones & ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Despite last week’s media reports ... Yellen and company to wait until March 2017 for an interest rate increase, according ... Robinson College of Business. , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dot charts are ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Intalere, the healthcare ... suppliers for its inaugural Member Conference at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, ... operational health of America’s healthcare providers. , The conference was highlighted by the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... ... The Woodlands at John Knox Village , Florida’s first Life Plan ... and healing, celebrated its grand opening, today. The Woodlands at John Knox Village is ... Staff. , “This is an incredibly fulfilling time for John Knox Village as we ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... solutions for drugs, biologics, consumer health and global clinical supply services, today announced ... to support the company’s continued investment and strategic growth plans in the Asia ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016  Joe Marziani has joined VMS BioMarketing as senior ... executive officer, today. In his new role, Marziani will lead the company,s business development ... professionals to improve outcomes. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160523/371089 ... ... ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... KONG , May 24, 2016 ... stent de doble terapia del mundo, introduce catéteres ... arteriovenosa. OrbusNeich, una compañía global especializada ... las vidas, ha expandido su cartera incluyendo productos ... balón JADE™ y Scoreflex™ PTA son los dispositivos ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... -- Open Access Journal Focusing on ... Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical ... launch of Clinical Neurophysiology Practice ... clinical practice issues in clinical neurophysiology. The journal will ... and didactic reviews. It is an official journal of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: