Mindfulness Interventions for Disease Distress Symptomatology in Cancer: Review and Results

Individuals experience discomfort during cancer treatment, which is likely to be exacerbated by pain at some point. Poor pain control is common in cancer patients, and the primary medical treatment is the administration of opioid medications. The goal of this study was to provide a review as well as investigate the efficacy of a modified eight-week mindfulness-based intervention on pain-related factors such as pain anxiety, pain catastrophizing, distress symptoms, and fatigue in 57 women diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequent pain. Following the eight-week intervention, statistical analyses of pre-post scores revealed significant improvements in pain anxiety and pain catastrophizing, as predicted. These preliminary findings are encouraging, but they should be interpreted with caution until more research in this area is conducted. Hopefully, this line of research will eventually be able to provide alternatives to narcotics for those in pain. The bottom line is that people suffering from a life-threatening disease require complementary medicine options other than narcotics to help them cope with their pain and suffering.

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A. M. Tacón
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, United States.

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