Stress reduction therapy is crucial for anyone who is battling cancer, a study revealed.
Diagnosis is one of the most stressful times for cancer patients because they are hearing the bad news about their condition for the first time.
But stress hormones throughout treatment can prevent the cancerous cells in the body from dividing and reacting.
While it might sound good that the cancer cells are not dividing, it is not.
Instead, the hormones shield the growing tumors from being treated by the cancer drugs that are administered in the patients body.
Experts said stress reduction therapy is necessary in treating people with cancer to help promote the success of the drugs and treatment methods.
Stress reduction therapy could be crucial to treating someone with cancer. Researchers found that the stress hormone can block some chemotherapy drugs from working (file photo)
Researchers from the University of Brighton in Brighton, England, studied the effects of stress on the body when a patient is getting cancer treatment.
Dr Melanie Flint, lead researcher, looked at the chemotherapy drug used to treat breast cancer to see how it reacted with stress hormones.
'A diagnosis of breast cancer is a cause of a great deal of stress, which in itself is a significant reason for stress management to be considered early on,' Dr Flint said.
Her research suggests that stress reduces the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug and could impair other cancer treatments.
'We know reducing stress improves psychological well-being, but our findings give us the idea that this elevation in stress hormones, or perhaps changes in