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January 2020 (Vol. 11 Issue 4)

Meditation helps combat chemo brain
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Chemo brain the mental fuzziness that`s common in cancer patients after chemotherapy can be countered by sessions of mindfulness meditation.

The technique helps cancer patients retain good cognition, memory and generally functioning, a new study has found. As a result, they don`t suffer the usual consequences of chemo brain, which can include relationship problems, an inability to work, a loss of self-confidence and a reduced general quality of life. Mindfulness, which includes a focused attention on the current moment and thoughts and feelings, helps around 35 per cent of cancer patients after they`ve had chemotherapy, say researchers from Indiana University.

In one trial, breast and colon cancer patients either had eight sessions of mindfulness meditation or education material and supportive counselling. Those in the mindfulness group reported a significant improvement in cognitive abilities over and above those reported by those in the counselling group.


(Source: Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2015; doi: 10.1007/s11764-015-0494-3)

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