Meditation Helps Cancer Patients

by Cherie Miranda on April 29, 2012

In a recent article by Lynne Eldridge, MD, I was happy to read that there have been studies conducted on the benefits of meditation for cancer patients. The fact that meditation helps people with cancer seems like a given to me, but as always it’s nice to see my beliefs confirmed by science.

The research apparently has only required 5 or 10 minutes of daily meditation per patient, so that makes the results even more impressive. From Dr. Eldridge’s article:

“What are some of the benefits of meditation for people living with cancer? A few of these include:

  • Improved sleep
  • Lower levels of stress hormones (these hormones may play a role in the development and in the spread of cancer)
  • Less pain
  • Less depression and anxiety
  • A lower level of perceived stress
  • Less fatigue
  • Better cognitive functioning (it may help with that annoying symptom of chemobrain)”

While I’ve touched on all of these benefits in various posts on this blog, we now have scientific trials that back up what I’ve been saying all along. Even though this research is specific to cancer patients, everyone who practices meditation has the potential to achieve these results.

Dr. Eldridge is a cancer survivor herself, and she uses meditation to help her deal with the disease. Though she doesn’t claim to know if it has increased her survival odds, the doctor says it’s done wonders for her frame of mind and has helped her stay calm and relaxed.

If you’re interested in reading the full article, you can find it here:

Enjoy, and happy meditating!


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael D Walker April 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Great to see a Dr. advocating the use of meditation not only because of scientific results from studies but also because she used it herself to help with her condition! Thanks for finding these encouraging studies and sharing them with us.



Nonverbal communication April 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

Cherie, Thank you so much for sharing all of this information about guided meditation. I look forward to reading about how meditation can help with so many things.
Scott Sylvan Bell


Clare Delaney April 30, 2012 at 7:40 am

Scientific results plus personal experience – a winning combination to show that meditation helps cancer patients!

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Eva Palmer April 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi Cherie,
Thanks for sharing article’s with scientific proof of the positives f meditation.
While meditating, do you think that patients with cancer should focus on an specific thing? like a visualization or a mantra?


Cherie Miranda April 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Based on the research, it sounds like any type of meditation would be helpful. However, I think healing meditation would be very beneficial as well. I wrote about healing meditation here:




Sonya Lenzo April 30, 2012 at 10:53 am

As you state, it would seem a given that meditation helps people with cancer. But it sure is nice to get additional confirmation on the benefits of meditation.
Sonya Lenzo


Margarita @ Body Language Decoding April 30, 2012 at 11:06 am

Meditation is helpful for any “dis ease”. It is always good to go to the source and recharge.


Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor April 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Yes, and I am meditating … and still experiencing some of the after-shocks of “chemobrain’ … really an annoying effect.


Start Living A Healthier Life Today April 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thank you for introducing me to the leading edge work of Dr. Lynne Eldridge, M.D. I think that it is absolutely wonderful that Dr. Eldridge is promoting the power of meditation.

Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II
What Is Your Energy Level?


Kevin Hogan May 1, 2012 at 4:15 am

That is absolutely amazing! Hopefully, more scientists will study the effects meditation has on cancer more rigorously, so we know just how effective it is.

Mark Hogan


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