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Stress and Breast Cancer is Topic of Public Forum on September 26, 2023

Is there a relationship between stress and the development or progression of breast cancer? How do social support and feelings of well-being affect survival?

Dr. David Spiegel, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford Medical Center will address these topics on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at “Stress and Breast Cancer,” a free public educational forum. The event, which is sponsored by Zero Breast Cancer, will take place at the Marin Civic Center, Civic Center Drive (off North San Pedro Road) Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 330, San Rafael.

In a number of studies, breast cancer patients have stated that they believe that stress attributed both to getting cancer and to its recurrence. At the forum, Spiegel will address this issue along with others, including methods of coping and intervention; emotional responses and the decision-making process in younger and older patients; and unique challenges for younger women with breast cancer.

In addition, he will share the results of the recently completed study Breast Cancer and Psychosocial Factors: Early Stressful Life Events, Social Support and Well Being. The sample for this study was 600 Marin County women who took part in one Zero Breast Cancer study: Adolescent Risk Factors and the Development of Breast Cancer in Marin.

“The results of this Marin-specific breast cancer research will be translated and shared with community members in a way that will inform personal decision-making and action,” said Janice Barlow, Zero Breast Cancer executive director.

Spiegel has researched the effects of support groups on women with metastatic breast cancer since 1976. He is the author of a landmark study that demonstrated that groups offering opportunities for both support and expression improve quality of life and enhance survival time in women with terminal disease. His work has been featured on Bill Moyer’s Emmy award-winning special “Healing and the Mind.”

Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Zero Breast Cancer at (415) 507-1949.

Zero Breast Cancer’s mission is to find the causes of breast cancer through community participation in the research process. Stress and Breast Cancer is co-sponsored by the Breast Health Center of Marin and Kaiser Permanente. This forum is made possible by funding from the County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services, Andrea Fox Fund.

 

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