Published December 28, 2021
Mesothelioma is one of the most challenging cancers for both patients and doctors. Physicians and researchers are consistently frustrated with the disease’s resistance to chemotherapy and other protocols, and patients suffer both mentally and physically. Immunotherapy is among the most promising treatments that have emerged, and a recent study suggests that meditation may strengthen its use.
Meditation offers several benefits for mesothelioma patients
Meditation, yoga and other de-stressing therapies have long been suggested to mesothelioma patients as a way for them to deal with their pain and emotional distress. But a recent study suggests that meditative practices may also help the immune system fight disease.
The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Blood samples were taken from the participants both before and after 10-hour meditation sessions for eight days in a row, revealing that after meditation there was a significant increase in immune response activity.
Although this exercise plan was far more intensive than what a mesothelioma cancer patient could endure, the researchers believe its effects could be replicated through prolonged meditation for short durations each day.
Interferon proteins may play a role in mesothelioma response
For mesothelioma patients, the study suggests that activation of immune-related genes results in improved interferon signaling. This increases the body’s ability to defend itself against cancer and other diseases.
Although no one suggests that meditation can eliminate cancer, the study’s author, Vijayendran Chandran, said his team’s findings “suggest that meditation may play an important role in the treatment of various diseases associated with a weakened immune system.”
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, alternative therapies can help relieve stress – and possibly improve their health. For other helpful information, contact Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma.net today at 1-800-692-8608.