Physical or mental stress in the days before a cancer treatment can actually hinder a patient’s ability to respond to chemotherapy or radiation.
When the body undergoes stress (even just from strenuous exercise) in the days leading up to treatment a certain stress-sensitive protein becomes active. Researchers have found that this protein actually helps the cancer cells adapt and survive.
Scientists first became aware of this protein, heat shock factor-1 when they found that it could help heart tissue survive even in a toxic environment. In this case, it is actually working against the body and allowing cancer cells to live on.
The study appears online in the journal Molecular Cancer Research.
Source: Science Daily.
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