… versus…

  • tumour growth
  • inflammation
  • metastasis
  • altered metabolism

A cancer diagnosis is life changing, not just for the person with cancer but for all involved. 

A growing body of research shows a tied correlation between negative emotional stress and poorer survival, a higher cancer mortality, as well as a higher cancer incidence [1]. 

When I learned about this kind of information, I wasn’t too surprised. It felt almost intuitive to know that when you are blessed with a positive, optimistic, and trusting mindset you seem to fare better under stressful circumstances. The scientific term that describes this phenomena is psychoneuroimmunology, meaning that how you think and feel affects your nervous system which in turn affects your immune system.

What really grabbed my attention was the literature about chronic stress and cancer, and how our environment we live in and experience, affects our body’s response towards the cancer.  It is out of question that our nervous system talks to the cancer cells, the immune cells, the glands (hormone production), the organs, the bone marrow, the blood and lymph system 24/7, regulating tumour growth, metastasis, inflammation, metabolism, and hormones. The nervous system shapes the tumour environment [2].  If we experience stressful situations that turn into chronic stress, our nervous system produces stress hormones on a continuous basis which in turn signal the tumour cells to grow and metastasize; inflammation is enhanced, and metabolism is altered [3]. 

Recent data in mice (not man! so take it with a grain of salt) show that the tumours of mice who’s brain’s reward system is activated grow significantly smaller tumours because of an anti-tumour immune response. Positive emotions are connected to the reward system, suggesting that the mental state can influence tumour growth through the immune system [4]. 

Where to go from here, knowing that stress negatively affects the possibility of healing from cancer?

I grew up in the country side and my mom’s greatest fear was when I was out and about late at night, driving the car all by myself. This was the time before everybody had a mobile phone in their pocket. 

The worry wasn’t about the car but about me getting safe from A to B. Imagine how relieved she would have been if I had known how my car works and how to fix it, or where to get help immediately if the issue was too big for me fo fix. 

That’s how I see my work as a cancer coach with my clients. We all need a well functioning, regulated nervous system to get from A to B. Stressful situations, like a cancer diagnosis, can upset this system and even shake it to the core; we don’t know where to go and how to get there. And it causes havoc with all the systems in our body. 

Support and education have been shown to improve quality of life and health  in cancer patients [5].  

In my work with my clients, we do get to know how cancer works, and how your nervous system works; but we also discover tools how to bring your nervous system back into balance and to live from a more balanced place.

Lets be honest, this is not about getting rid of the cancer, this is about living your life in a state of balance on a continuous basis, and training your mind and body new ways to react to situations that are out of your control. This is about providing your system the support and help to function in a way that it is more beneficial to all of your systems in your body (nervous, immune, hormonal, metabolic). 

This is about you, connecting to yourself, to your own inner guidance and wisdom, knowing what is right and beneficial for you. There is no standard recipe; you are unique, and so is your journey and the tools that work for you. Im here to support you to find and go the way to where you want to go.

With much love,

Mona

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References:

[1] Chida, Y., Hamer, M., Wardle, J., Steptoe, A., 2008. . Nat Clin Pract Oncol 5, 466–75.

[2] Cole, S.W., Nagaraja, A.S., Lutgendorf, S.K., Green, P.A., Sood, A.K., 2015. . Nat. Rev. Cancer 15, 563–72.

[3] Antoni, M.H., Lutgendorf, S.K., Cole, S.W., Dhabhar, F.S., Sephton, S.E., McDonald, P.G., Stefanek, M., Sood, A.K., 2006. . Nat. Rev. Cancer 6, 240–8.

[4] Ben-Shaanan, T., Schiller, M., Azulay-Debby, H., Korin, B., Boshnak, N., Koren, T., Krot, M., Shakya, J., Rahat, M., Hakim, F., Rolls, A., 2018. . Nat Commun 9, 2723.

[5] Andersen, BL, Farrar, WB, Brain, G.-K.-D., behavior, and , 2007. . Brain.