Study notes stress increase post-biopsy

February 24, 2009 2:02:50 PM PST
A study in the journal Radiology finds women who are waiting for results after a breast biopsy experience abnormalities in the levels of a stress hormone known as cortisol. That might not only be damaging to health overall but might compromise future treatment if the results come back positive.

Scientists say everything from wound-healing to blood-sugar, blood pressure and immune defense can be affected if the mechanism that regulates the cortisol system is impaired.

Authors of the study say this should put pressure on the medical community to deliver results quicker.