Posted from archive: 02.21.2013 | by AMRA

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Henderson et al. [Integrative Cancer Therapies] compared MBSR to nutrition education (NEP) and treatment as usual (TAU) in 40 breast cancer patients actively undergoing radiation therapy.

MBSR participants outperformed both control groups on 16 variables four months after the intervention. These variables reflected improved quality of life and adaptive coping, reduced avoidance coping, increased meaningfulness and spirituality, and decreased psychopathology.

Group differences tended to diminish over time, so that by the end of two-year follow-up, MBSR participants only showed superior scores on meaningfulness, active cognitive coping, and less anxious preoccupation.

Reference:

Henderson, V. P., Massion, A. O., Clemow, L., Hurley, T. G., Druker, S., & Hébert, J. R. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based stress reduction for women with early-stage breast cancer receiving radiotherapy. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 12(5):404-13. [PMID: 23362338]

[Link to abstract]