National Cancer Institute
Herbert Mathews

I am a Cellular and Molecular Scientist.

I am a BBPSB Grantee.

Co-Principal Investigator

Linda Janusek, PhD, RN

I am a Research Scientist.

Herbert Mathews, PhD

Loyola University Chicago

"An understanding of psychological, neuroendocrine, and immunological variables is essential to improvements in the overall health and quality of life of cancer patients."

Dr. Mathews leads a research team with co-PI Linda Janusek, PhD, RN that seeks to identify the biological basis for the immune dysfunction that accompanies psychosocial distress. It is the premise of their work that psychosocial distress contributes to cancer recurrence through neuroendocrine activation and dysregulation of immune function. If this premise proves to be true, then reductions in psychosocial distress would be expected to result in a normalization of immune function.

In their current study, Dr. Mathews and Dr. Janusek test this hypothesis by enrolling breast cancer patients into a mindfulness-based stress reduction program and evaluating them in a randomized controlled study from diagnosis through treatment and early survivorship. Psychological, neuroendocrine and immunological variables are assessed to test the scientific underpinnings of psychoneuroimmunology and advance an understanding of mind-body approaches for cancer care.

Results suggest that women who participated in the mindfulness based stress reduction program recovered their natural killer cell function much more rapidly than women who did not. This finding is particularly important in breast cancer, in which cancer cells are known to be responsive to the effects of natural killer cells.

Selected Grants
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Results 1 - 2 of 2.
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Psycho-immune Dysregulation in Cancer
Paige Green
Immune Dysregulation by Psychosocial Distress
Paige Green

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