Breast cancer survivors needed for local research study

2014-01-13T09:40:00Z Breast cancer survivors needed for local research studyStephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star

The University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry is enrolling breast cancer survivors in a research study on cognitively-based compassion training.

To be eligible, breast cancer patients must have completed intravenous chemotherapy and be disease-free at the time of study enrollment.

Participants will attend eight classes of meditation techniques to reduce stress and enhance well-being. A review class will be held six weeks later. Meditation practice at home is expected. In class, chairs and cushions will be available for sitting.

Participants will also answer questionnaires and give samples of blood and saliva. Some participants will be randomly assigned to wait until the end of the first round of classes to begin their meditation program. All participants will receive a modest monetary token of gratitude. The study is not a religious or spiritual program.

Contact research nurse Laura Eparvier, or call 981-2926.

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