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Updated 15 September 2015

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Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed is a perfectly natural reaction to being diagnosed with cancer.

New research is showing that simple drugs like beta-blockers (used to treat heart disease) can block the effects of stress pathways involved in tumour growth and spread.

Discuss this with your oncologist and also consider alternative therapies like yoga, mindfulness, massaging and aromatherapy to help cope with stress.

When it comes to depression, a number of anti-depressant drugs may interact with chemotherapy, so only use such drugs under medical supervision.

Need to know more about cancer? Our Cancer Expert is here to answer your questions!


 
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