Adjustment to breast cancer: The psychobiological effects of psychosocial interventions

Gieta Van Der Pompe, Michael H Antoni, Adriaan Visser, Bert Garssen

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Abstract

This review focuses on the effects of psychosocial interventions on psychological and biological functioning of breast cancer patients. Once in their lifetime, one out of eleven women receive a diagnosis of breast cancer. A diagnosis of breast cancer is a severe stressful life event with profound consequences on all aspects of human life. Whether a woman will regain emotional balance and accept the idea of living with a potentially life threatening disease depends on her psychological resiliency. Provision of psychosocial interventions can improve these women's coping abilities and reduce emotional distress and feelings of isolation, and improve psychosexual functioning. Additionally, there exists some evidence that psychotherapy may prolong survival. Prolongation of survival may be related, in part, to an increase in certain aspects of immune function (e.g., natural killer cell activity). This is plausible because the function of the immune system seems to be related to mammary tumor growth. Therefore, future research should examine the degree to which the effects on mammary tumor growth relate to immune system changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-219
Number of pages11
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1996

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Social Adjustment
Breast Neoplasms
Immune System
Psychology
Aptitude
Survival
Growth
Psychotherapy
Natural Killer Cells
Emotions

Keywords

  • Adjustment
  • Breast cancer
  • Immune function
  • Psychosocial intervention
  • Survival

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  • Medicine(all)

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Adjustment to breast cancer : The psychobiological effects of psychosocial interventions. / Van Der Pompe, Gieta; Antoni, Michael H; Visser, Adriaan; Garssen, Bert.

In: Patient Education and Counseling, Vol. 28, No. 2, 01.07.1996, p. 209-219.

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Van Der Pompe, Gieta ; Antoni, Michael H ; Visser, Adriaan ; Garssen, Bert. / Adjustment to breast cancer : The psychobiological effects of psychosocial interventions. In: Patient Education and Counseling. 1996 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 209-219.
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