Clinical Cancer Research, which is the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, has reported on a recent study that has brought hopeful news for breast cancer patients.
Women who were dealing with breast cancer recurrence found emotional benefit and enhanced immune system response after their diagnosis, due to a stress-relieving program.
In a study of women newly diagnosed with stage 2 or stage 3 breast cancer, the women who had participated in the stress-relieving program had a 59 percent lower risk of dying of breast cancer. Psychological intervention plays a significant role in recovery.
A group of 227 women with breast cancer recurrence had been chosen for this research, with subjects being randomly placed in a stress-relieving program, or being evaluated without participation in the program.
"A previous study showed that women who took part in the program were 45 percent less likely to experience breast cancer recurrence over a follow-up period that averaged 11 years."