MU research touts meditation for cancer survivors

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Researchers at the University of Missouri say breast cancer survivors who meditate report improved mental health.

A Sinclair School of Nursing research team examined how mindfulness-based stress reduction affected the emotional well-being of breast cancer survivors. The technique incorporates meditation and yoga to enhance physical awareness.

The researchers found that participants in an eight- to 10-week mindfulness program had lower blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates after learning the techniques. The cancer survivors also reported mood improvements.

The study was published in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.