Stress acts as a "fertiliser" for cancer
Monash University scientists say while chronic stress doesn't cause cancer, it could help it spread through the body.
A report published in Nature (journal) Communications shows stress hormones affect the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels that transport fluid around the body.
Scientists performed a number of experiments and found that stress increases the size and number of lymphatic vessels associated with tumours.
Study results revealed that stress hormones can help increase the flow through the lymphatic system, the way cancer could spread.
"The lymphatic system is responsible for the following:
• Cleansing the cellular environment.
• Returning proteins and tissue fluids to the blood (drainage).
• Providing a pathway for the absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins into
• Defending the body against disease."
"Cancers are capable of destroying not only the tissue in which they originate (the primary site), but also other tissues, through the process of metastasis, the spread of cancer. Metastasis can occur by direct extension to contiguous organs and tissues or to distant sites through blood "
for a complete understanding we need to learn a few things about the endocrine system. A Brief is as under:
"The endocrine (EN doh krin) system assists in the function of achieving the delicate physiologic balance necessary for survival. The endocrine system uses the circulatory system and chemical messengers called hormones to regulate a number of body functions, including metabolism, growth, reproduction, and water and electrolyte balances."
As more research is completed, there is an increasing recognition that psychological issues are primary concerns for cancer survivors post treatment.
Cancer-related distress differs from anxiety because it is based on the consequences of living with heightened awareness of the uncertainties in life and does not generalize to anxiety in all aspects of life. It is more common in survivors than other psychological issues.
Cancer and its treatment can have a broad reach into the lives of cancer survivors and their caregivers, and their social network (eg, friends, community, church). These include issues related to employment and issues specific to their families.
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