Mindfulness and Cancer: What is it and how can it help me?

Presenter: Dr. Linda Carlson
Original Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
 

  • Mindfulness is defined as present-moment nonjudgmental awareness of current experience
  • Training in mindfulness meditation as a way to cultivate mindfulness in daily life has become increasingly popular for both the general public and for people coping with cancer
  • Our program called Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery is an 8-week training program which introduces participants to a range of meditation and yoga techniques to help those living with cancer
  • Our research results show improvements in stress, depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleep and other symptoms in cancer survivors
 

Dr. Linda Carlson's Biography:

Dr. Linda Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology and is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She is the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Dr. Carlson's research in psychosocial oncology has been published in many high-impact journals and book chapters, and she has received many national and international awards for her work. She published a patient manual in 2010 with Michael Speca entitled: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A step-by-step MBSR approach to help you cope with treatment and reclaim your life, in addition to a professional training manual in 2009 with Shauna Shapiro entitled The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating mindfulness into psychology and the helping professions. She has published over 150 research papers and book chapters, holds several millions of dollars in grant funding and is regularly invited to present her work at international conferences.

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