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Breast Cancer and Transcendental Meditation

Posted Oct 16 2009 12:00am
As Integrated Medicine Section Editor for the Journal of Medicine, I am always interested in studies that incorporate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with conventional medicine.  Considering that reports suggest that about 70% or more of breast cancer patients use some form of CAM as part of their breast cancer treatment, it is important to focus on those that provide the best chance of providing some benefit.

New breast cancer research examined the use of transcendental meditation (compared to a usual care group) in women over the age of 55 years with breast cancer.  Since some studies have suggested that stress can contribute to breast cancer risk and breast cancer progression, reducing stress might be beneficial.  The women in the study that used the transcendental meditation technique reported reduced stress, improved emotional well-being and improved overall quality of life.  Since this technique was easy to use in the home and improved overall quality of life in the women using it, the study researchers recommended that transcendental meditation should be considered for public health programs.  You can read the study Summary at the journal Integrative Cancer Therapies.  To learn more about the role of CAM in breast cancer treatment, visit the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Read my book Fight Now: Eat & Live Proactively Against Breast Cancer at to learn about other lifestyle modifications that you can make to reduce your breast cancer risk.
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