A stem cell transplant is emotionally and physically stressful for cancer patients who undergo this procedure.
A 2008 pilot study of Mindfulness Meditation for those facing the challenges of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was done by Sullivan, Rosenbaum, Ott, Powell and McLoughlin.
Mindfulness meditation is used to help people change their relationship with stress and pain.
The findings were intriguing. There was significant decrease in heart and respiratory rates and improvements in symptoms immediately before and after each meditation session.
Findings demonstrate feasibility and preliminary support of a mindfulness meditation intervention with symptomatic, hospitalized cancer patients.
Mindfulness based interventions have been studied in patients with various diagnoses, including cancer to provide coping skills to deal with unpleasant symptoms and uncertain future.
Custom Calm practices include a variety of Mindfulness meditation practices and powerful results have been demonstrated.