James Coyne, PhD, weighs in on study of psychosocial therapy effects in breast cancer


June 11, 2010

MedPage Today

Cancer experts are wary of a new study that links psychosocial interventions with improved survival in breast cancer.

The study, published in Clinical Cancer Research, found a 59% reduced risk of dying from recurrent breast cancer among women involved in such interventions.

But researchers warn that the study was small, and touts questionable effects on the immune system.

"I'm concerned because I think it's really misleading to breast cancer patients," said James Coyne, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and co-leader of the Abramson Cancer Center Cancer Control and Outcomes program, who was not involved in the study... read more