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How emotions may impact tumor growth

July 17, 2018

Is it possible for us to “tell” the brain to boost the body’s immune response against cancer tumors? Researchers believe that the answer is “yes,” and that it can be done by manipulating the activity of the brain’s reward system.

“The relationship between a person’s emotional state and cancer has been demonstrated in the past, but mainly in relation to negative feelings such as stress and depression and without a physiological map of the action mechanism within the brain,” says Prof. Asya Rolls.

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