Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Meditation Helps Breast Cancer Patients after TX

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Meditation Helps Breast Cancer Patients after TX

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SAN ANTONIO -- The mindfulness-based stress reduction program developed by Jonathan Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., appears to be beneficial to patients with early-stage breast cancer in the immediate posttreatment period as they transition to survivorship, Cecile Lengacher, Ph.D., reported at a breast cancer symposium sponsored by the Cancer Therapy and Research Center.

This transition is an underappreciated period of high risk for emotional distress. Many patients experience fear of recurrence while also coming to grips with changes in body image, concern for their children and other family members, and difficulties reintegrating into work and family roles, explained Dr. Lengacher of the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, Tampa.

Because few clinical interventions addressing this challenging period are available to offer patients, Dr. Lengacher and her coworkers decided to do a nonrandomized pilot feasibility study of mindfulness-based stress reduction, the structured program developed by Dr. Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.

The program is designed to teach patients to self-regulate their arousal to stress through awareness of their thoughts and feelings during stressful circumstances. …

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