Author(s): LINDA E. CARLSON
No population needs to hear the message of mindfulness and acceptance more than the millions struggling with cancer, a group of people often gripped by stress, anxiety, and fear of the uncertain future, and yet, this is the first book that presents a mindfulness program specifically for them. Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery is an eight-week program based in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) that aims to ease stress, manage the side effects of cancer treatment, and ultimately increase immune function through meditation and gentle yoga. The authors’ own research-based program, mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR), presented for the first time in this book, is proven to lower practitioners’ stress by 55 percent and reduce mood disorders by 65 percent. Practitioners also reported feeling more vigorous and less fatigued after undergoing the program. This guide addresses both the specific symptoms and side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments and the emotional issues the survivor may be grappling with, such as fear of death, uncertainty, and lack of control. Readers use mindfulness meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises, visualisation, lovingkindness meditation, and gentle yoga to thrive throughout cancer treatment and all the years beyond.
· It is expected that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85
· Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australia
· This book is the first to present a mindfulness program specifically for cancer patients. The authors’ program, mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR), has been proven to help cancer patients by enhancing quality of life, decreasing stress symptoms, altering cortisol and immune patterns consistent with less stress and mood disturbance, and decreasing blood pressure
· The authors of this book are the creators of MBCR, an adapted form of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and are the most frequently published writers on the topic of mindfulness for cancer
Linda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R.Psych, is director of research and a clinical psychologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Canada.
Michael P. Speca, Psy.D., R.Psych, is adjunct associate professor of psychosocial oncology at the University of Calgary.
Foreword writer Zindel Segal, Ph.D., is the Morgan Firestone
Chair in Psychotherapy and a professor of psychiatry at the
University of Toronto