Cancer Treatment Centers of America

March 2014 - The link between sleep and cancer

  Issue #89, March 2014      
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Addressing sleep problems in cancer patients

Sleeping well is essential for cancer patients, but up to half of patients have trouble sleeping at some point. Inadequate sleep can alter the balance of two hormones, cortisol and melatonin, that may help the body fight and prevent cancer.

Researchers are studying the link between sleep and cancer

In recent years, researchers have begun exploring the connection between poor sleep and the development of cancer. People with chronic sleep problems may be at increased risk of breast, prostate and colorectal cancers.

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Recipe of the Month
Recipe of the Month

Mozzarella and parmesan cheeses both contain tryptophan, the amino acid that induces sleepiness. This tasty eggplant dish has both cheeses.


Dr. Laurence Altshuler, Director of Sleep Medicine at our Tulsa hospital, discusses the importance of sleep for cancer patients in this video.


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