Mindfulness might help ease the pain of breast cancer survivors

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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