The implications of psychoneuroimmunology cover the length and breadth of medical research.
Over the last few decades, the prevalent links between neuroscience and the immune system have grown into an interdisciplinary area of study known as psychoneuroimmunology which explores the influence of the mind on the body’s immune system.
Research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology shows that stress and depression affect the body’s natural immune response to cancer as well as infections.** The immune system plays a critical role in cancer incidence, progression, and quality of life.
Psychoneuroimmunology, in concert with traditional medical therapies, brings the power of the mind and spirit into play in healing at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
At Mikey’s Way we know that by keeping young minds active in something they enjoy and connected to friends and loved ones, patients are better able to tolerate the physical effects of treatment.
Here’s an interesting read in Medical News Today by Tim Newman: Psychoneuroimmunology: laugh and be well. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305921.php
**(Future Oncology Vol 6, No 12, Pages 1863-1881, DOI 10.217/fon.10.142).