Saturday, September 15, 2012

Stress and Depression impact cancer survivor

Thank you to this latest study (because we needed another study) illustrating how I am doomed. I have two cancer diagnoses  under my belt. So I am a tad stressed at times. Wouldn't you be? I mean cancer? Twice? Thats a bit stressful. And its kind of depressing as well.

"A disease like cancer can be a mortal battle, often fraught with overwhelming stress. Given that stress management can be difficult even under ordinary circumstances, elevated feelings of anxiety and depression in cancer patients are certainly understandable.

Yet, several recent studies underscore how critically important it is for those fighting illness to learn how to combat stress. A team of researchers led by Lorenzo Cohen, professor of general oncology and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, found that symptoms of depression among a group of patients with late-stage renal cell carcinoma were associated with an increased risk of death."

This was published in August in PLOS ONE, a scientific journal full of big words which you can read here.

Thank you. I am more stressed because you say my stress and depression will kill me. I don't have renal cancer (yet) but I am sure they will do more studies and tell us how it will affect other cancers. You made my day.

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