Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A Step-by-Step MBSR Approach to Help You Cope with Treatment and Reclaim Your Life by Linda E. Carlson

A Mind-Body Approach to Healing

If you have received a cancer diagnosis, you know that the hundreds of questions and concerns you have about what’s to come can be as stressful as the cancer treatment itself. But research shows that if you mentally prepare yourself to handle cancer treatment by getting stress and anxiety under control, you can improve your quality of life and become an active participant in your own recovery.

Created by leading psychologists specializing in oncology, the Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery program is based on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a therapeutic combination of mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga now offered to cancer survivors and their loved ones in hundreds of medical centers, hospitals, and clinics worldwide. Let this book be your guide as you let go of fear and focus on getting well.

    With this eight-week program, you’ll learn to:

  • Use proven MBSR skills during your treatment and recovery
  • Boost your immune function through meditation and healing yoga
  • Calm feelings of fear, uncertainty, and lack of control
  • Mindfully manage difficult symptoms and side effects
  • Discover your own capacity for healing and thriving after adversity

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A great resource for a difficult time.”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Cerealcity Queen

I found this book through our local cancer center, and after looking at it several times, I bought it. The step by step program helps you learn to focus on all the good things around you during a very difficult time. It helps to refocus your mind to the beauty in this world and encourages you to be mindful of it. Now over the treatment phase, I am still trying to live “in the moment” and enjoy my life through enjoyment of the moment. I think this is a great resource for ANYONE going through a difficult time.

About the Author

Dr. Carlson is the holder of the Enbridge Endowed Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Health Scholar award, and is Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Psychology. She is Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

Dr. Carlson trained as a Clinical Health Psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, researching the area of psychoneuroendocrinology. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, sponsored by a Terry Fox Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society and subsequently received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator award from 2002-2007. Dr. Carlson received the Kawano New Investigator Award from the International Psycho-Oncology Society in 2006, the William E. Rawls Prize in cancer control from the National Cancer Institute of Canada/Canadian Cancer Society in 2007 and the Research Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology in 2010.

Dr. Carlson’s current research interests are focused in the areas of computerized distress screening, psychoneuroimmunology, integrative oncology and complementary and alternative medicine, providing and evaluating interventions for cancer patients such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), yoga, Reiki, acupuncture, exercise, and smoking cessation. She has published over 80 book chapters and research papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds several millions of dollars in grant funding and regularly presents her work at international conferences.

She has authored chapters in many books on mindfulness-based therapies, and is co-author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness (2009) with Shauna Shapiro, and of Mindfulness-based Cancer Recovery (2011) with Michael Speca.

Please visit: www.lindacarlson.ca for more information, pictures, publications, research updates, photos and more.

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