For all women, immune function increased, quality of life improved and natural killer activity remained unchanged. Both of the intervention groups showed better coping skills than the standard care group. And the imagery group had less stress, more vigor and better quality of life than the support group.
The just-begun University of Vermont study cited below was designed to follow up on this study and expand upon it further.
Citation: Richardson MA, Post-White J, Grimm EA, Moye LA, Singletary SE, Justice B. Coping, life attitudes, and the immune responses to imagery and group support after breast cancer treatment. Altern Ther Health Med. 1997 Sep; 3(5):62-70.