Women's Health

How Meditation and Mindfulness Can Be Beneficial for Breast Cancer Patients

How mindfulness can help

Remember those sweaty and uncomfortable hot flashes that come from hormone-based therapies used in breast cancer? Turns out meditation can also help relieve these symptoms too. It's been used as a final resort in times when other methods fail, and special techniques and breathing exercises can also help relieve other symptoms associated with hot flashes. One such breathing exercise is called "paced respiration", which is a very slowly-paced rhythmic breathing that the patient initiates at the beginning of a hot flash. Canadian researchers have also found that meditation can help change activity of cells in cancer survivors. It does this by lessening stress and reducing cortisol, which helps to preserve the genetic material in our cells.