10.04.2010

Stress Helps Fuel Cancer Cells

We all know that stress can have negative effects on the body, but just how negative is high stress on those undergoing cancer treatments? According to stress research in the journal Molecular Cancer Research, physical or psychological stress experienced one to two days before a cancer treatment can activate a stress-sensitive protein that can, in turn, sparks a series of events that allow cancer cells to survive treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Researchers recommend that cancer patients avoid and manage stress properly to ensure that their treatments are effective. And how does one reduce stress? There are a many of ways, including massage, yoga, meditation and aromatherapy, among others.

How do you manage stress?

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