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How Patients With Cancer Can Boost Their ‘Mindfulness Muscle’ and Improve Resiliency

11 Mar 2021 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Original post on 03/10/2021 by Brielle Benyon

Cancer survivors and caregivers alike can use the practice of mindfulness to build resilience, and there are plenty of resources available that can guide users through the process, according to Loren Winters. Winters, an oncology nurse practitioner and associate director of breast cancer survivorship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center in Boston, recently discussed mindfulness and resilience at CURE®’s Educated Patient® Breast Cancer Summit. “In a nutshell, mindfulness is paying attention on purpose. It’s not necessarily about filling or clearing the mind, but it’s about being present simply to what is,” Winters said, noting that this is often more difficult that it seems, since people are conditioned to be in a stress state. People are often in what’s called a “fight-or-flight” response, which can have negative impacts on health...

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