Cumbria Times
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8:31 PM 18th March 2021

Mindfulness Can Help Those With Breast Cancer

Former Girls Aloud singer, Sarah Harding has recently revealed that her breast cancer has spread to other parts of her body. In the wake of her palliative diagnosis the former Girls Aloud singer said that she is now looking for “comfort” and to be “pain free” in the time she has left.

National breast cancer support charity, Breast Cancer Haven, has shared how their unique, free to use programme of personalised care can help people like Sarah.

The charity reports that participants of their Secondary Cancer support group are finding benefits in online service delivery rather than in person.

“Our visitors are reporting that they are finding great comfort in online groups when they are feeling frightened and alone, in physical pain or feeling emotionally drained.

"They can just log in to see familiar faces, rather than push themselves to attend in person,” says Nicola Cunningham, Centre Manager for Breast Cancer Haven.

Additionally, the charity’s specially adapted online exercise classes, such as yoga, Pilates and tai chi, as well as daily mindfulness classes are providing pain-relief for those undergoing treatment and struggling with chronic pain.

Their expert counselling for individuals, and their friends and family, is providing vital support at a time when anxiety and stress around diagnosis and living with breast cancer is amplified by the changes in treatment under COVID-19. These services can provide an improvement in quality of life for anyone affected by breast cancer and add vital support to the medical treatment provided by the NHS.