Prostate Cancer Patients Benefit From Stress Management

Stress management techniques may help prostate cancer patients

Prostate cancer surgery is an invasive procedure. Most likely, patients who undergo a procedure like that experience complications due to unmanaged stress. According to The American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is very common among men in the United States. An estimated one in six men will be diagnosed with the condition during their lifetime.

Research published in the Psychosomatic Medicine journal has explained that teaching and practicing stress management techniques for patients prior to surgery will help them recuperate more promptly.

High levels of stress about the procedure are often experienced by men who face prostatectomy treatment for prostate cancer. This is crucial because physical and psychological stress in surgery can be detrimental to the immune system.

Based on University of Texas Anderson Cancer Center researchers, pre-surgery stress management on the immune system and many of the surgical outcomes have been found to be effective in at assisting mood disturbances experienced by the patient and also improved the quality of life one year after the procedure.

No matter how briefly the pre-surgery stress management session, it still holds a positive impact on the patient’s recovery particularly in terms of psychological and immunological stress.