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Stress, Breast Cancer and Cytokines

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Stress, Breast Cancer and Cytokines

Stress, Breast Cancer and Cytokines

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New research indicates that women with breast cancer survive longer if they are able to eliminate certain stress factors in their lives. The study suggests that in about 30 percent of breast-cancer survivors, the body's own immune system chemicals — notably cytokines — prolong fatigue. Frank Browning reports.