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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Susan Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Stress, Depression and Psychoneuroimmunology

Updated: September 28th, 2017

There were many studies, articles and books Dr. Dressler and Dr. Ettinger used when writing The Dog Cancer Survival Guide. Here is a list of the most important references about stress, depression and psychoimmunology.

Please note that in vivo and clinical use citations were included whenever possible. We have also include links to the papers, where available. Most of the papers are found on the National Institute of Health’s online library, PubMed.

Chronic stress promotes tumor growth and angiogenesis in a mouse model of ovarian carcinoma. Thaker PH, et al. Nat Med. 2006 Aug;12(8):939-44. Epub 2006 Jul 23.

The neuroendocrine impact of chronic stress on cancer. Thaker PH, Lutgendorf SK, Sood AK. Cell Cycle. 2007 Feb 15;6(4):430-3. Epub 2007 Feb 9. Review.

Neuroendocrine influences on cancer biology. Thaker PH, Sood AK. Semin Cancer Biol. 2008 Jun;18(3):164-70. Epub 2007 Dec 8. Review.

Neuroendocrine modulation of cancer progression. Armaiz-Pena GN, et al. Brain Behav Immun. 2009 Jan;23(1):10-5. Epub 2008 Jun 27. Review.

Does the pineal gland have a role in the psychological mechanisms involved in the progression of cancer? Callaghan BD. Med Hypotheses. 2002 Sep;59(3):302-11.

Stress, cancer and circadian rhythm of melatonin, Kwiatkowski F, et al. Pathol Biol (Paris). 2005 Jun;53(5):269-72. Epub 2005 Jan 20. Review. French.

Major depression and cancer: the 13-year follow-up of the Baltimore epidemiologic catchment area sample (United States). Gallo JJ, et al. Cancer Causes Control. 2000 Sep;11(8):751-8.

Depression and cancer risk: 24 years of follow-up of the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area sample. Gross AL, Gallo JJ, Eaton WW. Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Feb;21(2):191-9. Epub 2009 Nov 3.

How chronic stress exacerbates cancer, Wells, WA. J Cell Biol. 2006 August 14; 174(4): 476.

Depression and cancer: recent data on clinical issues, research challenges and treatment approaches. Reich M. Curr Opin Oncol. 2008 Jul;20(4):353-9. Review.

The social-psychological precursors to cancer. Cooper CL. J Human Stress. 1984 Spring;10(1):4-11.

Incidence and perception of psychosocial stress: the relationship with breast cancer. Cooper CL, Cooper R, Faragher EB. Psychol Med. 1989 May;19(2):415-22.

Stress, cancer and immunity. New developments in biopsychosocial and psychoneuroimmunologic research. Baltrusch HJ, Stangel W, Titze I. Acta Neurol (Napoli). 1991 Aug;13(4):315-27. Review.

Personality Predictors of the Time Course for Lung Cancer Onset, Augustine AA, et al. J Res Pers. 2008 December; 42(6): 1448–1455.

Type A stress prone behaviour and breast cancer. Faragher EB, Cooper CL. Psychol Med. 1990 Aug;20(3):663-70.

Psychosocial stress and breast cancer: the inter-relationship between stress events, coping strategies and personality. Cooper CL, Faragher EB. Psychol Med. 1993 Aug;23(3):653-62.

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