The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Stress Levels and Coping Mechanisms of Cancer Patients, article 3/13 (Ellie)

Many Patients with cancer or recovering from it are prone to poor mental health and mental disorders. Cancer causes physiological as well as physical stress on the body, which evidentally can lead to an unhealthy mindset.

Singer, Munshi & Brahler (2009) mentioned that of 1448 cancer patients
under study, 456 were diagnosed with a mental disorder.

Wahyu Werdani, Yesiana Dwi. “EFFECT OF MINDFULLNESS MEDITATION ON STRESS LEVEL AND COPING MECHANISM IN CANCER PATIENTS.” Folia Medica Indonesiana, vol. 53, no. 1, 2017, p. 33.

Cancer patients mental disorders range from depression, anxiety, lack of self control, helplessness, etc. A study was conducted by Munshi & Brahler at the Indonesian Cancer Foundation, in which patients who had never been given physiotherapy in such a way as mindfulness. Mindfulness is used in this sense to aid patients with terminal illness with self awareness, and a way for them to perceive their life in a better way.

Carlson & Garland (2005), who studied outpatient cancer patients, received a decrease in stress, mood disorders and fatigue

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Studies have shown people with a calmer sense of mind can be put in a state of relaxation.

According to Davis & Hayes (2012), mindfulness meditation is useful for lowering stress, improving memory and ability to focus attention, decreasing emotional reactivity, increasing cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and reducing fear/anxiety.

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A study conducted by Norris & Wu (2006) on patients with breast cancer, showed that after being given a mindfulness intervention, those patients showed decreased stress symptoms, and had improved coping mechanisms. Another supporting study, conducted by Chandwani (2012), where a mindfulness therapy for breast cancer patients was used over the course of 6 weeks, showed a reduction in anxiety, depression, and fear of disease recurrence in all the patients.

Garland, Gaylord & Park (2009) suggest that mindful- ness therapy can influence an individual’s positive judgment that leads to the process of adaptive coping mechanisms. The emergence of positive thinking in post-mindfulness meditation patients indirectly also reduce the level of stress, so actually between stress and coping mechanism has a reciprocal relationship. When a
person has a low stress level then the coping mechanism gets better, and vice versa. This will further improve the quality of his life and be more able to accept themselves”
as they are.

—. “EFFECT OF MINDFULLNESS MEDITATION ON STRESS LEVEL AND COPING MECHANISM IN CANCER PATIENTS.” Folia Medica Indonesiana, vol. 53, no. 1, 2017, p. 37

Mindfulness meditation performed regularly can help lower stress levels and improve individual responses in adapting to problems adaptively and decrease mal- adaptive responses in patients with cancer. Mindfulness meditation can improve a positive mindset, so that the
process of individual self-acceptance becomes better.

—. “EFFECT OF MINDFULLNESS MEDITATION ON STRESS LEVEL AND COPING MECHANISM IN CANCER PATIENTS.” Folia Medica Indonesiana, vol. 53, no. 1, 2017, p. 39

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