Psychological intervention provides enduring health benefits for women with breast cancer

Stress-reducing psychological intervention helps to increase survival and quality of life among women with recurrent breast cancer over the long-term, according to results of a Phase III study

Psychological stress leads to disruptions in quality of life, health behaviors, and immunity, all of which contribute to poorer health outcomes, according to results of a Phase III study published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. In a previously conducted study, The Stress and Immunity Breast Cancer Project, Andersen and colleagues (2010) reported that after an average of 11 years of follow-up, women who received psychological intervention had a 45 percent reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence, demonstrating positive effects. For Phase III, they tested the same hypothesis with the endpoint being death from breast cancer.

Andersen, B. L., Thorton, L. M., Shapiro, C. L., Farrar, W. B., Mundy, B. L., Hae-Chung, Y., & Carson, W. E. (2010). Biobehavioral, immune, and health benefits following recurrence for psychological intervention participants. Clinical Cancer Research. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-10-0278.