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Mindfulness Meditation-Based Intervention for Women Living with Advanced Breast Cancer

Researcher
Patricia Ganz, MD, Julie Bower, PhD, and Annette Stanton, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Study abstract

This is a randomized, wait-list controlled, Phase II trial that will evaluate the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a specially designed mindfulness meditation-based intervention on psychological, behavioral, and biological function in long-term survivors of women living with advanced metastatic breast cancer. The target population for the study is breast cancer survivors who were either diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at initial diagnosis, or who had recurrent metastatic breast cancer, and who have had this diagnosis for a minimum of five years.

Study review

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles are evaluating the effectiveness of a specially designed mindfulness meditation-based intervention on the psychological and behavioral functioning in women who are living with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer. They used a variety of recruitment methods, including the Army of Women (AOW), to enroll up to 60 Los Angeles-area volunteers. The Call to Action for this study was sent to AOW members on Aug. 31, 2011. The researchers closed enrollment on April 4, 2014. The AOW provided them with 5 women who were interested in enrolling in the study.