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.
Mindfulness practitioners and scientists alike are finding that mindfulness meditation as taught in MBSR can reduce distress and improve quality of life in this living with cancer.
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