associated with cancer
could negatively affect outcomes
Chronic stress shortens telomeres in cancer patients
Reducing chronic stress for cancer patients could improve health outcomes. Researchers collected biological samples in 31 women diagnosed with cervical cancer, then compared two groups in a study that measured the length of telomeres that are found at the end of chromosomes. Telomeres protect genetic information. Shorter length has been linked to shorter lifespan.
The findings showed enhancing quality of life with counseling sessions was associated with longer telomeres. The study also enhances understanding of the mind-body connection. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine conducted the study.