Breast cancer survivors sought for meditation research study

A University of Cancer Center physician-scientist is seeking breast cancer survivors to study whether meditation techniques reduce stress and enhance well-being.

Karen Weihs, MD, the Cancer Center’s medical director of psychosocial oncology services and a professor of psychiatry at the UA’s College of Medicine, is conducting the cognitively based compassion training study with breast cancer survivors who have had intravenous chemotherapy within the past 10 years and are disease-free at the time they enroll in the study.

Participants will attend eight meditation-technique classes. A review class will be held six weeks after the final meditation class. Participants are expected to practice meditation at home. This study is not a religious or spiritual program.

At study enrollment, participants will complete a questionnaire 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 small amount of compensation.

For more information, please contact Laura Eparvier, RN, at or 520-981-2926.

- Jan. 8, 2014