Psychological Factors in the Causation and Course of Cancer

  • John R. Peteet


The influence of psychological factors on the development and course of cancer, long a topic of speculation, is now a subject of growing scientific interest. This chapter reviews relevant evidence from psychological studies of patients with (or at risk of) cancer, experiments with animal tumor models, and studies of the effects of stress on the neuroendocrine and immune systems.


Growth Hormone Psychological Factor Infectious Mononucleosis Thymic Involution Animal Tumor Model 
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  • John R. Peteet
    • 1
  1. 1.Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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