Mindfulness training for cancer patients

the effectiveness and mechanisms of change of mindfulness based cognitive therapy

Elizabeth Foley, Andrew Baillie

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


This study evaluated the effectiveness of Mindfulness
Based Cognitive Therapy for cancer patients.
Over 200 participants with mixed cancer
diagnoses (across site and stages) were randomly
allocated to either the immediate or delayed
treatment conditions. Treatment involved participation
in eight weekly sessions of two hours
duration, daily meditation and attendance at a full
day silent meditation session during the course.
Results indicated significant improvements in mindfulness,
depression, anxiety, distress, pain and
quality of life for MBCT participants. The pathways
through which therapeutic change occurred
were investigated and these findings will be
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-29
Number of pages1
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

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