Mindfulness Interventions in Breast Cancer Survivors: Current Findings and Future Directions
Purpose of review
The goal of this review is to provide an overview of current findings on mindfulness interventions (MIs) for use with breast cancer survivors. We highlight new research and identify several theoretical and conceptual issues worthy of further consideration.
To date, randomized controlled trials have shown the efficacy of MIs in mitigating adverse psychological, behavioral, and biological outcomes in breast cancer survivors, at least in the short term and in comparison to usual care or wait list controls. Research is now moving towards evaluating the effectiveness of MIs, determining whether MIs produce lasting benefits, and identifying mechanisms of action.
Preliminary research supports the feasibility and efficacy of MIs for use with breast cancer survivors. There are gaps in our understanding, however, of how and for whom MIs are most effective. Future research to enhance current methodologies is warranted.
KeywordsBreast cancer Cancer survivorship Mindfulness Mindfulness-based interventions
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Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent
This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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