The Possible Effects of Emotional Stress on Cancer Mediated through the Immune System

  • Martin G. Lewis
  • Terence M. Phillips
Part of the Sloan-Kettering Institute Cancer Series book series (SKICS)


The complex pathological changes which we collectively call cancer present a series of complicated interactions within the interrelated systems of the body. It is not unreasonable, therefore, that consideration should be given to the possible ways in which the malignant process and the higher centers of the nervous system interact. Although a good deal of attention has been given to the consequences of malignancy on the central nervous system apart from the mechanical effects of metastasis, there is a growing awareness that the areas of the brain collectively concerned with emotions may in turn modify the development and progression of cancer. It is this latter aspect which will be considered in this paper.


Emotional Stress Immune Regulation Emotional Disturbance Malignant Process Complicated Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin G. Lewis
    • 1
  • Terence M. Phillips
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyGeorgetown University School of Medicine and DentistryUSA
  2. 2.Georgetown University School of Medicine and DentistryUSA

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