Research Update

June 24, 2021 by

Effects of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Fatigue in Cancer Survivors

This study was designed to determine the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) in improving fatigue-related outcomes in adult cancer survivors.  Twenty-three studies reporting on 21 randomized controlled trials including 2239 participants were included. A majority of participants were breast cancer survivors. Twelve of the studies evaluated mindfulness-based stress reduction and 11 used other MBSs.  The MBIs significantly reduced fatigue compared to controls at post-intervention and first follow-up. MBIs also significantly improved vitality/vigor at post-intervention and first follow-up.  The authors concluded that MBIs show promise in improving fatigue and vitality/vigor in cancer survivors, and that more rigorous trials are needed to address current gaps in the evidence.

Johns SA, et al.  Critical Reviews in Oncology-Hematology. 160:103290, 2021 Apr.

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