CancerForward: Study on Meditation Means Better-Than-Expected Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors

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Cancer survivorship advocate Beth Sanders Moore urges oncologists to recommend mindfulness meditation in the holistic treatment of breast cancer

Beth Sanders Moore, Founder, CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors

“The research gives an extraordinary view into the positive benefits of meditation for cancer survivors,” says Beth Sanders Moore, founder of CancerForward.

CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors has hailed a study published this week
as ground-breaking news for breast cancer survivors. For the first time, researchers have shown that practicing mindfulness meditation has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. For many years, oncologists have known that alternative or integrative therapies likes meditation bolster the emotional well-being of cancer survivors.

A team from Alberta Health Services’ Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the University of Calgary Department of Oncology has demonstrated that telomeres, the protein complexes at the end of chromosomes, maintain their length in breast cancer survivors who meditate. Longer telomeres are believed to protect against disease, while shortened telomeres are associated with cell aging and several disease states.

The study has been published online in the journal Cancer.

“The research gives an extraordinary view into the positive benefits of meditation for cancer survivors,” says Beth Sanders Moore, founder of CancerForward. “After talking this week with my colleagues in survivorship advocacy, I can say there’s a high level of interest in seeing additional study. Many of us have been longtime proponents of mindfulness meditation; we encourage doctors to consider recommending it as a therapy whenever possible.”

Moore, a breast cancer survivor, has practiced mindfulness meditation daily since 2004, guided by psychotherapist and author Micki Fine, MEd, LPC. For the past decade, Moore has shared the positive outcomes of her practice with survivor audiences nationwide. At her invitation, ABC News Anchor and author Dan Harris will report his personal experience with meditation at a CancerForward forum in Houston, Wednesday, November 12. Harris’ best-selling book – “10% Happier” – tells of the underreported world of CEOs, athletes, physicians and military leaders who now use meditation for increased calm, focus and stress-management.

The CancerForward forum is funded by a grant from The H. Rudy Teichman Family.

CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors is a free web-based networking and educational resource for cancer survivors of all ages and all types of cancers. More than 500,000 individuals have turned to CancerForward since it was founded in June, 2010. The Foundation’s nonprofit mission is to connect, educate and share information among cancer survivors, empowering them to move forward with their lives. Its goal is to reduce the risk of recurring and second cancers by extending healthy lifestyle and after-treatment survivorship planning to all.

Beth Sanders Moore is an advocate for progressive cancer rehab and survivorship initiatives. She is the founder of CancerForward.

A survivor of Stage II breast cancer, Beth moved to the forefront of the global cancer community almost 25 years ago when she took a seat at the management table of Susan G. Komen® at its corporate headquarters in Dallas. She was later tapped as a nominee to The White House for a presidential appointment to the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Advisory Board.

Moore is a certified oncology patient navigator (The Harold P. Freeman Institute for Patient Navigation) and a published author on cancer survivorship and breast health wellness. She serves as Advisor & Review Panelist for Passport for Care® Survivorship Care Plan at The Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

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Tim Moloney | 713-875-7379 | Colossus Communications For CancerForward
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