We all know that meditation is useful when it comes to relieving stress. Therefore, it would make sense that meditation would be a valuable tool to anyone diagnosed with a life threatening illness, like cancer. Not only can a practice help one to manage the sometimes overwhelming fears and anxiety that result from a cancer diagnosis, but now according to a presentation at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Washington, D.C., meditation can also be useful well after a person’s initial diagnosis and treatment(s).
In this recent Cure Today post, a summary of the presentation on meditation and its practical application with cancer patients is discussed. In a study conducted at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, researchers found that those who practiced mindfulness meditation reported an increase in their overall quality of life.
“It’s important for doctors to know that their patients may still experience psychological distress and they need to ask about it and have resources available,” Dr. Ruth Lerman, who led the research at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, told Reuters Health.
“I think that the health value of meditation is remarkable. And it’s becoming accepted now in Western medicine,” she added.
Read more about how meditation can help those diagnosed with cancer here.