Immune Surveillance - Cancer, Effects of Stress on

D. Spiegel, F. S. Dhabhar

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Cancer is a stressor that triggers a variety of reactions in the body that can, in turn, complicate the course of cancer. Typical hormonal reactions to stress, especially the secretion of cortisol, which mobilizes glucose into the blood, can affect the body's response to the growth of tumors by shifting metabolic activity, altering protein production, and suppressing aspects of the immune system. The immune system plays a role in tumor control and is sensitive to stress. © 2007

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Stress
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780123739476
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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