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Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2008 Aug;22(4):683-708, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.hoc.2008.04.010.

Mind-body medicine and cancer.

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The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, 5225 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 414, Washington, DC 20015, USA.


Mind-body medicine, grounded in a respectful, therapeutic partnership, should be a central element in the care of every person diagnosed with cancer. This article reviews some of the physiologic foundations of mind-body medicine, the introduction of mind-body approaches to cancer care in the 1970s, the specific mind-body approaches that have been used, and the evidence that supports their use. The importance of group support for enhancing the effectiveness of these approaches is discussed. Guidelines are offered for integrating mind-body approaches and perspectives in the care of people who have cancer.

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