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Coping better after breast cancer

Complementary therapies help psychological recovery.

New research offers hope to women struggling with the stress, depression, and fatigue that often come just when breast cancer treatment ends.

A study published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research found that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helped reduce stress and improve emotional well-being among women who had survived breast cancer. MBSR is a type of focused training that incorporates meditation, yoga, and physical awareness.

"I like that mindfulness-based stress reduction is a multidimensional program, including both mindfulness and physical activity," says Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, an oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

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