Candida and Breast Cancer

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Standard cancer treatments suppress the immune system and often cause psychological distress and depression, which also decreases immune function and may cause hormonal disturbances, including dysregulation of the adrenal hormone, cortisol.  Cell-mediated immunity (CMI) is critical for protection against a host of pathogens to which cancer patients may be particularly vulnerable. CMI is also important for defense against some tumors. In a study on 72 women with metastatic breast cancer, women with depression and/or elevated evening cortisol levels (a sign of stress) had suppressed immunity towards Candida and other common antigens.

In another study of 120 women with breast cancer, oral yeast was found in 66% of the women, with Candida albicans being the most common species detected (in 46% of the women). The wearing of dentures increased the likelihood of oral Candida in these women.


 

 

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