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Lynne Eldridge MD

Meditation May Help People With Lung Cancer Thrive

By April 30, 2012

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It seems too easy. Taking 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to do nothing. But that "doing nothing" appears to have benefits worth every minute -- according to studies evaluating meditation for its effect on cancer patients.

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And not only is meditation easy -- in this challenging economy, the price is right. Signing up for meditation at your cancer center may cost a little, but practicing meditation is completely free. All you need is yourself and a few minutes of time.

What are some of the benefits of meditation for people living with cancer? A few of these include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Lower levels of stress hormones (these hormones may play a role in the development and in the spread of cancer)
  • Less pain
  • Less depression and anxiety
  • A lower level of perceived stress
  • Less fatigue
  • Better cognitive functioning (it may help with that annoying symptom of chemobrain)

As a cancer survivor myself, I believe meditation has done wonders for my frame of mind as I've coped with both the unexpected and the expected in my journey. And whether or not it has improved my survival odds, it's certainly calmed me and relaxed me at times when anxiety or stress were interfering with my enjoyment of the day.

Have you tried meditation to help you in your journey with cancer? I'd love to hear your story.

Read more about the benefits of meditation, as well as ways to get started in the comfort of your home today.

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