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J Psychosom Res. 2004 Jan;56(1):1-8.

Cognitive-behavioral stress management increases benefit finding and immune function among women with early-stage breast cancer.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the effect of a cognitive-behavioral stress management (CBSM) intervention on emotional well-being and immune function among women in the months following surgery for early-stage breast cancer.

METHOD:

Twenty-nine women were randomly assigned to receive either a 10-week CBSM intervention (n=18) or a comparison experience (n=11). The primary psychological outcome measure was benefit finding. The primary immune function outcome measure was in vitro lymphocyte proliferative response to anti CD3.

RESULTS:

Women in the CBSM intervention reported greater perceptions of benefit from having breast cancer compared to the women in the comparison group. At 3-month follow-up, women in the CBSM group also had improved lymphocyte proliferation. Finally, increases in benefit finding after the 10-week intervention predicted increases in lymphocyte proliferation at the 3-month follow-up.

CONCLUSION:

A CBSM intervention for women with early-stage breast cancer facilitated positive emotional responses to their breast cancer experience in parallel with later improvement in cellular immune function.

PMID:
14987957
DOI:
10.1016/S0022-3999(03)00036-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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