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How socializing could benefit cancer patients' survival prospects

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jul 21, 2017, 7:28 pm IST
Updated Jul 21, 2017, 7:31 pm IST
Interacting with other sufferers could have an impact on their treatment.
Researchers believe stress levels are reduced through these interactions. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Researchers believe stress levels are reduced through these interactions. (Photo: Pixabay)

New research sheds light on the survival prospects cancer patients have.

The study found, that patients who socialize with other sufferers undergoing chemotherapy are more likely to survive for five years after treatment. The study indicated these sufferers have a 68% risk of death, a report by the Daily Mail revealed. While 69.5% patients, who are isolated from other sufferers, could risk death while receiving treatment.

 

"A two percent difference in survival might not sound like a lot, but it's pretty substantial. If you saw 5,000 patients in nine years, that two percent improvement would affect 100 people," lead author Jeff Liener from the National Human Genome Research Institute is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Researchers believe stress levels are reduced through these interactions which could be the reason for better survival chances. "Positive social support during the exact moments of greatest stress is crucial," Liener told the Daily Mail.

 

The findings were originally published in the journal Network Science.

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