A meta-analysis, consisting of a review of nine studies and 964 participants, and published in the journal Breast Cancer, found that MBSR shows a positive effect on psychological function and quality of life for breast cancer survivors.
A study by Thakar et al, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showed that chronic behavioral stress results in higher levels of tissue catecholamines, greater tumor burden and more invasive growth of ovarian carcinoma cells in a mouse model.
A study by Cole et al, published in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, looked at the effect of the nervous system on cancer.
A study by Gotink et al found that 8 weeks of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) induced brain changes similar to traditional long-term meditation practices.
A study by Kobasa et al, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that hardiness commitment, control, and challenge functions to decrease the effect of stressful life events from producing illness symptoms.
A study by Neckelmann et al published in the journal Sleep found that insomnia is a risk factor for the development of anxiety disorders.
A study by Black et al, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that formalized mindfulness-based interventions have clinical importance by possibly serving to remediate sleep problems among older adults in the short term, and this effect appears to carry over into reducing sleep-related daytime impairment that has implications for quality of life.
In a study by Victorson et al, published in the journal Psycho-Oncology, the researchers found that participants who practiced mindfulness demonstrated significant decreases in prostate cancer anxiety and uncertainty intolerance, and significant increases in mindfulness, global mental health and post-traumatic growth.
A randomized, controlled trial of 166 women with breast cancer revealed that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) produced significant improvement in psychological symptoms, as well as improved immune response.