Meditation Benefits for People with Cancer

While research on meditation and cancer is somewhat limited, a number of studies suggest that meditation may be a valuable addition to cancer treatment. In a 2006 research review, for instance, investigators looked at nine studies on meditation and cancer. Results revealed that practicing meditation yielded "consistent benefits," including improvements 
in psychological functioning, stress levels, coping ability, and overall wellbeing.

More recent research shows that meditation may help protect against cognitive impairment, a common problem among people with cancer. Thought to result from a number of factors (such as reduced hormone levels, fatigue, and distress), cancer-related cognitive impairment is known to weaken quality of life among people dealing with cancer. In their analysis of several studies on meditation and cancer-related cognitive impairment, researchers found that meditation may help improve cognitive function (as well as ease stress, reduce fatigue, lessen pain, and improve mood and sleep quality) among cancer patients and survivors.