Mindfulness Cancer and Cortisol

We like this study. It’s a 1 year pre-post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood pressure outcomes following the introduction of the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to breast and prostate cancer outpatients. The study enrolled 49 patients with breast cancer and 10 patients with prostate cancer and found that participation was associated with enhanced quality of life and decreased stress symptoms. Interestingly, they also found altered cortisol and immune patterns consistent with less stress and mood disturbance, as well as decreased blood pressure. (1)

(1) Brain Behav Immun. 2007 Nov;21(8):1038-49. Epub 2007 May 22. One year pre-post intervention follow-up of psychological, immune, endocrine and blood pressure outcomes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in breast and prostate cancer outpatients.Carlson LESpeca MFaris PPatel KD.

Mindfulness and Cancer: Evidence is 10 years old.

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