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Firdaus Dhabhar

University of Miami

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Stress and Cancer
Audience: Adults
Description: This presentation will discuss the deleterious effects of chronic stress in the context of cancer progression, treatment and survivorship. We will also discsus the recently discovered immuno-protective effects of fight-or-flight physiology activated during short-term stress and the implications of these effects in the context of cancer. We will conclude by discussing ways of optimizing your “Stress Spectrum” to harness the beneficial effects of short-term stress and to minimize the harmful effects of chronic stress.

(****Please note: The duration of the presentation/session can vary from approximately 30 minutes to a day-long session. The presentation can be tailored for all ages from elementary school to seniors.****)

Subject Areas: Behavioral Sciences
Education
Life Sciences
Medical Sciences
Special Topics
Keywords: cancer survivorship
good versus bad stress
immune system
immune cells
cancer treatment
natural
endogenous
immune response
stress management / optimization
Duration: 1 hour or less
Fee: Greater than $500
Comments: I have made over 175 invited national and international presentations on different facets of my laboratory's research at universities, medical and scientific societies, corporations, and general audience events including TEDSalon, TEDx and TEDMED. I enjoy speaking and interacting with diverse audiences of all ages from elementary school to seniors. Our research focuses on the beneficial effects of short-term stress versus the harmful effects of chronic stress. It has provided a new perspective on stress. Namely, that stress is not always harmful, and that balancing one’s "Stress Spectrum" (a concept that I have developed) to optimize and harness “good” stress and minimize “bad” stress (rather than trying to eliminate stress altogether) is a more realistic and feasible goal. Findings suggest that this is also likely to be a very helpful approach for dealing with stress. We are working on harnessing the psychology and physiology of “good” stress in a medical context to increase the effectiveness and safety of post-surgical healing, vaccine responses, and anti-cancer immune responses. We have also started to extend our findings in the context of improving cognitive performance and decision making. (****Please note: The duration of the presentation/session can vary from approximately 30 minutes to a day-long session. The presentation can be tailored for all ages from elementary school to seniors.****)

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