Issels Integrative Immuno-Oncology October 26, 2017  

Tips for Lowering Your Stress Levels during Cancer Treatment

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Patients undergoing cancer treatment come to understand the close connection between their mental and physical well-being. Some people are turning to a 95-year-old Japanese stress-reduction technique to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

An Old Answer to a Current Problem

Reiki is a relaxation method that has been compared to "acupuncture without the needles." While the patient lies flat, a Reiki practitioner places her hands on crucial areas of the body to improve the flow of energy and promote healing.

Many cancer patients who have undergone Reiki find that it helps them cope with anxiety, nausea and other common side effects of treatment. Some have talked about experiencing an overall feeling of calmness.

A Cancer Patient Speaks About Her Experience with Reiki

When Lewisburg, PA resident Erin Yust Brown was diagnosed with breast cancer, she recalled the comments of fellow yoga students regarding the benefits of Reiki. As Brown explains, the process treats the whole body as one, as opposed to the more limited approach of cancer treatment.

Brown's practitioner, Nancy Giutini, refers to Reiki as "energy medicine" and uses the same methods that date back to its origin. Giutini emphasizes that Reiki is not a cure, but it's been found to help patients by providing pain management and stress relief.

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Tips for Lowering Your Stress Levels during Cancer Treatment

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Do Depression And Stress Lead To The Spread Of Cancer?

An article published on the National Institutes of Health website gives a comprehensive overview of studies on the link between stress and cancer. While there is little evidence to suggest that stress and depression can trigger the development of tumors, there is strong evidence to support a relationship between stress and cancer metastasis.

Researchers have discovered that chronic stress and depression activate hormones that promote angiogenesis, which is the process of creating new blood vessels.

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More on Lowering Your Stress Levels during Cancer Treatment

Chronic stress can weaken the immune system, thereby giving cancer a greater chance to gain a foothold.

Studies on mice carrying human tumors have shown that the cancer was more likely to grow and metastasize when the mice were subjected to stressful conditions.

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