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"When you are sick and scared, it is amazing to have someone (Ann Webster) say there are many, many ways to change your attitude toward your disease and life. No one else had ever talked about the possible positive benefits, and she was right."Susan M.
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Mind/Body Program for Cancer
MIND/BODY PROGRAM FOR CANCER
It is universally accepted that a cancer diagnosis causes significant emotional distress. Research suggests that this distress may negatively affect your health, quality of life, and possible disease progression.

The Mind/Body Program for Cancer is designed to supplement your medical treatment by giving you tools to cope with the stress of your illness, make informed choices about treatment, and maintain hope.

Over 10 weekly two-and-one-half hour sessions, we will help you:

Reduce physical symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment
Cope with and manage side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
Examine factors or situations (lifestyle, diet, stress, or physical tension) that may contribute to symptoms
More actively participate in your health care
Regain a sense of control and well-being

The program, led by a health psychologist with visits from our staff nutritionist and exercise therapist, combines lecture, skills training, symptom monitoring, and group sharing to enable patients to take an active role in managing their own health.

Elements of this program include:

Elicitation of the relaxation response through numerous techniques, such as breathing, mindfulness meditations, and imagery
Stress reduction strategies
Examination and challenging of negative thought patterns to enhance coping
Gentle yoga stretching exercises
Healthy eating and other positive lifestyle behaviors
Resiliency through goal setting
Humor and optimism

We think you'll find the group format especially beneficial; many of our patients stay connected to fellow group members after the program ends and some even return to assist with subsequent groups.

If you cannot attend our weekly program, we also offer individual therapy visits that are billed as mental health services.

Well-controlled, randomized studies in oncology have shown that participation in groups of this kind has a positive impact upon quality of life.













More Information
In Boston, the Mind/Body Program for Cancer is directed by
Ann Webster, PhD, a licensed health psychologist. For registration information, call 617.991.0102 X228
or email awebster@mbmi.org.

This program is also offered by M/BMI affiliates in Indiana, New York, Virginia, and Washington.

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Herbert Benson, MD President,
Mind Body Medical Institute and
Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.