Study shows cognitive-behavioral therapy may prevent hot flashes in breast cancer patients
Feb 17, 2012
A study conducted by researchers at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry found that breast cancer patients who are suffering from hot flashes may benefit from talk therapy, according to ABC News.
The researchers studied 96 breast cancer survivors and those who underwent six 90-minute cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions had lower incidences of hot flashes compared to those who didn't have the treatment, according to the media outlet.
"By encouraging someone to think about physical symptoms in a different way - a way that's less stigmatizing and more normalizing - you can substantially improve her quality of life," Holly Prigerson, who helped write the study, told the news source. "Just like anxiolytics or antidepressants, how you think about something can have a dramatic influence on how you feel physically and mentally."
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. It is recommended that once a woman turns 40, she schedules an annual mammogram to ensure she does not have the disease - and if she does, that it is detected early.