Jan 25, 2013 1:26 PM by NBC News

Stress dangerous for prostate cancer patients

Reducing stress can improve the prognosis of prostate cancer patients.

A new study looked at the effects of emotional stress on mice with prostate cancer, which is associated with higher levels of anxiety.

Researchers found stress not only accelerated the cancer, but it also reduced the effectiveness of the medications used to treat it.

When mice were given beta blockers to alleviate their anxiety, stress did not trigger tumor growth.

Researchers say prescribing beta blockers for prostate cancer patients may boost the effectiveness of typical anti-cancer treatments.



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