A new Ohio State University study shows that psychological counseling helps breast cancer survivors live longer when facing a recurrence.
Previous research has demonstrated that patients who received psychological counseling in addition to medical care were less likely to have a recurrence, even years later. To further that concept, a follow-up study published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, shows that a cohort of women who received counseling also had stronger survival rates even if the breast cancer came back.
The leader of the atudy, Barbara Anderson, said the counseling, "had a large component for stress reduction, teaching patients how to relax…cope more effectively and have an enhanced quality of life." But the benefits were more than psychological: "They also had reduced symptoms from chemotherapy, improved sleep, and eventually improved disease outcomes."