Anxiety with a diagnosis of cancer can further decrease quality of life and impede adherence to therapy. Medication, while sometimes needed, can have its own side effects. A review of 28 randomized trials (including one involving Dr. Beck-Coon) with 3053 patients in JAMA points to reduction in depression and anxiety in this population.
No less than 35-40% of cancer patients suffer from significant anxiety and depression symptoms. Mindfulness-based therapy reduced anxiety and depression in a meta-analysis involving more than 1,400 patients living with cancer.
In a world often characterized by the chaos of lay-offs, dashed hopes and "life unfolding", practicing mindfulness may be the best plan to ride the waves.
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