Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Breast Cancer, Post-Treatment

This study looks at the benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction in breast cancer patients after their treatment is finished. It is an important and hope-inspiring read.

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Oct 12, 2016
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27720794

Breast cancer survival rates are thankfully increasing; when breast cancer is detected early, and is in the localised stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is now 100%. More research is emerging into post treatment care for breast cancer, with the linked study below coming out earlier this month. It looks at the benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction in breast cancer patients after their treatment is finished. It is an important and hope-inspiring read.

322 people, in the post-treatment phase of a breast cancer diagnosis, were randomly assigned to either a six-week mindfulness-based stress reduction MBSR program specifically tailored for breast cancer patients or usual care. Psychological (depression, anxiety, stress and fear of recurrence), physical (fatigue, pain, sleep and drowsiness), and cognitive symptoms and quality of life were assessed at baseline, six and 12 weeks.

From baseline to six weeks there was evidence of MBSR effectiveness in both the psychological (anxiety, depression, perceived stress and quality of life, emotional well-being) and fatigue (fatigue, sleep, and drowsiness) measures. Results between six and 12 weeks showed sustained effects, with the researchers concluding that MBSR (breast-cancer specific (BC)) works to improve symptom clusters, particularly for psychological and fatigue symptom clusters, with the greatest improvement occurring during the six-week program with sustained effects for several weeks after MBSR(BC) training. How we love to share such positive findings with you! :) !

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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