Well, this sucks!
As if being diagnosed with cancer isn't already inherently stressful and depressing, it turns out that both of those things play a part in cancer survival rates.
The study found that symptoms of depression among a group of patients with late-stage renal cell carcinoma were associated with an increased risk of death.
So what was it exactly? The stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone produced by the adrenal gland in response to stress. It helps regulate the inflammatory response in the body.
Normally, cortisol will be high in the morning and then deplete through the day. In high stress situations, though, there's no depletion!
Why is this an issue if cortisol helps with inflammation?
Body tissue becomes desensitized to cortisol and the hormone loses its effectiveness in regulating inflammation.
We know it sounds impossible, but the recommendation is to try and manage your stress if you have cancer, or to help others manage theirs.
It just might help.
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