Accession Number : ADA334925

Title :   Stress and Immunity Breast Cancer Project

Descriptive Note : Annual rept 15 Aug 96-14 Aug 97

Corporate Author : OHIO STATE UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLUMBUS

Personal Author(s) : Andersen, Barbara L.

PDF Url : ADA334925

Report Date : SEP 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : Psychological research documents that the psychosocial burdens following breast cancer are notable in number, severity, and scope. A biobehavioral model of cancer stress and disease course has been proposed and provides a conceptual basis for the proposed research. We are testing the model with a clinical trial: 235 women with stage II or III breast cancer who have been diagnosed and recently surgically treated are randomized between two conditions: (1) assessment and intervention, or (2) assessment only (control). In addition to documenting the quality of life benefits of a psychological intervention, this study provides an experimental test of the psychological and behavioral variables which may influence health outcomes directly. Further, we test specific mechanisms--alteration in immune and endocrine functions--to achieve beneficial health effects for women with breast cancer.

Descriptors :   *PSYCHOLOGY, *BREAST CANCER, STRESSES, HEALTH, CLINICAL MEDICINE, QUALITY, BEHAVIOR, IMMUNITY, WOMEN, INTERVENTION, LIVING STANDARDS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE