Depression can be a factor in the treatment of an array of different health problems. It has an impact on the treatment of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Depression may not be the cause of these diseases, but it often co-occurs with them and can influence whether patients follow through on treatment recommendations.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training can help breast cancer survivors in their struggle with depression.
The number of women who survive breast cancer has increased in recent years. However, side-effects of breast cancer treatment, including sleep problems and depression, can disrupt people’s lives and interfere with their treatment. According to a study conducted by Mary Jane Massie (2004), depression may impact as many as 50% of women with breast cancer.
In a recent study at the University of Missouri Jane Armer and other researchers found that breast cancer survivors’ health improved after they completed mindfulness-based stress reduction training that incorporates meditation, yoga and physical awareness.