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Human Studies

2020 Sep 30

J Cancer Surviv

Mindfulness-based stress reduction alters brain activity for breast cancer survivors with chronic neuropathic pain: preliminary evidence from resting-state fMRI.


Smith AM, Leeming A, Fang Z, Hatchard T, Mioduszewski O, Schneider MA, Ferdossifard A, Shergill Y, Khoo E-L, Poulin P
J Cancer Surviv. 2020 Sep 30.
PMID: 33000446.


Breast cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian women, with as many as 25-60% of women suffering from chronic neuropathic pain (CNP) as a pervasive consequence of treatment. While pharmacological interventions have shown limited efficacy for the management of CNP to date, psychological interventions, such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), may be a promising alterative for improving pain-related problems. The purpose of this study was to use brain imaging methods to investigate this potential.