Tumor Stage, Quality of Life, and Coping in Breast Cancer Patients
The question of the meaning of psychosocial factors for the course of cancerous diseases has found increasing interest in psychosomatic research in the past several years. Psychoimmunological studies during this time (Locke et al. 1984, Irwin et al. 1987) indicate that bereavement and depressive symptoms inhibit the natural killer cell activity, lead to alterations in the T-cell subpopulations, and so injure the body’s own defense system against the growth of tumorous tissue. The authors report here some initial results of a prospective cross-sectional study; it has as its purpose the clarification of the effect of the quality of life and of coping with illness of breast cancer women upon the course of their illness. It will investigate singly in what measure the course of the illness can be predicted reliably: (a) upon the basis of somatic findings, (b) upon the basis of psychosocial attributes, and (c) upon the two bases together, i.e., somatic findings and psychosocial attributes.
KeywordsDepression Resi Clarification
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