Could Meditation Bolster Mesothelioma Patients’ Immune Systems??

Mesothelioma is one of the most challenging forms of cancer for patients and physicians alike. Doctors and researchers are consistently frustrated by the disease’s resistance to chemotherapy and other protocols, and patients suffer both mental and physical anguish. Immunotherapy is among the most promising treatments to emerge, and a recent study suggests that meditation may bolster its use.

Meditation Offers Multiple Benefits for Mesothelioma Patients

Meditation, yoga, and other stress-relieving therapies have long been suggested to mesothelioma patients as a way for them to manage their pain and emotional distress. But a recent study suggests that meditative practice may also help the immune system to fight disease.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.  Blood samples were taken from participants both before and after 10-hour meditation sessions for eight days in a row, and revealed that after meditation there was a significant increase in immune response activity. 

Though this practice schedule was far more intensive than what a mesothelioma patient could endure, the researchers believe that its effects could be replicated through long-term meditation for short durations each day.

Interferon Proteins Can Play Role in Mesothelioma Response

For mesothelioma patients, the study suggests that activation of immune-related genes results in improved interferon signaling. This boosts the body’s ability to defend against cancer and other illnesses. 

Though nobody is suggesting that meditation can eliminate cancer, the study’s author, Vijayendran Chandran, said that his team’s findings “suggest that meditation could have an important role in treating various diseases associated with a weakened immune system.”

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, alternative therapies can help to relieve stress – and possibly improve their health too. For other helpful information, contact the Patient Advocates at today at 1-800-692-8608. 

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the head writer of our news blog. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes that knowledge is power and she is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and victims’ stories.

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