How Meditation Affects Your Health and Wellbeing
The Science of Meditation
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There was also a recent article on meditation and managing stress from the ASCO Post:
Stress and Tumor Biology: Insights Into Managing Stress to Help Improve Cancer Care
This part of the article really stood out to me:
"The health-damaging effects of chronic stress are well documented in the medical literature, and research indicates that chronic stress affects almost every biologic system. With regard to cancer, there is little convincing evidence that chronic stress affects cancer initiation. However, there is extensive evidence that chronic stress can promote cancer growth and progression."
When I was first reclassified as smoldering myeloma, after being diagnosed with MGUS about 3 years prior, Dr. R stressed to me the importance of reducing stress. He told me that he had "seen" in other patients what stress can do as far as causing progression from the precursor states to full blown myeloma. He encouraged me to do yoga twice a day, go to mass every morning...do WHATEVER I had to do to reduce and manage stress. Well, I'm proud to say I'm working on that as we speak!