Mindfulness might help ease the pain of breast cancer survivors

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Pain is something that people fear, and many people run into significant secondary problems because of their pain medication use, including drug misuse and mental health issues.  Photo: Ivan Samkov/ Pexels

(Neuroscience News) — A study led by University of Ottawa researchers provides empirical evidence that mindfulness has a significant impact on the brain of women suffering from neuropathic pain related to breast cancer treatment. The researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helps modulate neuropathic pain.

Their findings could make a difference in the lives of many women. In Canada, over a quarter of a million women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer – the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide – in 2020.

In addition to the psychological impacts of breast cancer, approximately 20 to 50 percent of survivors report experiencing chronic neuropathic pain following treatment. (…)

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