The Management of Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: An Integrated and Expeditionary Approach

The Self-kindness Component of Mindfulness Meditation: A Helpful Strategy to Enhance Emotion Regulation and Reduce the Depression and Distress Symptoms in Women with Breast Cancer

Author(s): Katarzyna Rygiel * .

Pp: 191-197 (7)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815196023123010017

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


It has been demonstrated that one of the components of mindfulness meditation, called self-kindness, plays a prominent role in alleviating distress perception, and reducing depressive symptoms, especially among younger women with breast cancer (BC), who represent a particularly vulnerable patient population, often struggling not only with a serious illness but also with numerous family and work-related obligations. This chapter will describe in detail self-kindness as a technique to help ease distress, anxiety, and depressive feelings, as well as enhance resilience and establish objective health-related expectations or goals for patients with cancer, including women with an aggressive subtype of BC, such as triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).

Keywords: Anxiety, Distress, Depression, Emotion regulation, Mindfulness meditation, Mindful awareness practice (MAP), Mindfulness-based interventions (MBI), Resilience, Rumination, Self-kindness.

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