Stress Reduction Increased Longevity of Women with Cancer

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

We all have heard how detrimental stress can be to our health. Well, research done at Ohio State University has discovered that women with stage II and III cancers lived longer and had better quality of life when they were given sessions with a psychologist to learn how to reduce stress. 227 women with newly diagnosed stage II or III breast cancer were randomly assigned to an assessment-only group or an intervention group where they received psychological therapy that aimed to help them understand more about cancer and stress, learn practical ways to reduce stress and improve quality of life, and how to stick to a plan to change behavior. The therapy also covered how to improve communication with their medical team, increase their wellbeing during treatment, speed up recovery and improve their overall health. The analysis showed that after recurrence, the women who had previously received the psychological therapy had a 59 per cent lower risk of dying of breast cancer. Margo, our herbalist, has written a great blog to help with stress. If you would like nutritional guidance, contact us for a consultation.