New research: Benefits of meditation seen at cellular level in breast cancer survivors

For breast cancer survivors, recovering and maintaining remission are of utmost importance – especially after enduring months or even years of invasive treatments like surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. The body takes a beating during conventional cancer treatment and is typically left damaged, worn out and in need of healing therapies both physically and mentally. Many breast cancer survivors turn to complementary and alternative treatments, of which detoxification protocols, prayer and meditation are the most common.

Meditation has long been recognized for its ability to help reduce stress and anxiety in breast cancer patients and survivors. Even mainstream medical doctors recommend alternative therapies like meditation to breast cancer patients, with Time reporting that an estimated 80 percent of all Americans with breast cancer will undergo at least one complimentary therapy after being diagnosed. However, new data has emerged suggesting that the benefits of mindfulness meditation extend beyond the mental state to induce positive biological effects as well.

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