Mindfulness as an Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors

Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Aug 1;20(4):357-9. doi: 10.1188/16.CJON.357-359.


Breast cancer survivors often turn to complementary health approaches (CHAs) to address the effects of treatment. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a type of CHA that uses attentional and meditative exercises to minimize stress and increase awareness of the present. This article aims to determine whether adequate evidence-based research with uniform methodologies and outcomes to support MBSR as an intervention for breast cancer survivors exists.

Keywords: breast cancer; mindfulness-based stress reduction; symptom clusters.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Breast Neoplasms / nursing*
  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Evidence-Based Nursing / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meditation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Mindfulness*
  • Oncology Nursing / methods*
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*
  • Survivors / psychology*