The goal of the Initiative for Cancer-Survivorship Approached Naturally (I-CAN) is to determine whether the practices of Ayurveda, meditation, and yoga can alter the mind-body physiology in a direction that could improve emotional wellbeing, reduce inflammation, reduce the effects of stress, and potentially reduce the recurrence of cancer.
There is an increasing body of research that confirms that depressed mood, chronic stress, and inflammation can encourage the growth of cancer. By learning and practicing mind-body techniques for stress management, there is an opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
It has become increasingly recognized that ancient practices for wellbeing, including meditation, yoga, and specific herbs, can improve health, prevent disease, and promote longevity. While studies have documented such effects for a variety of individual practices for wellbeing, few studies have taken a more systems biology approach that is simultaneously inclusive of numerous practices. The purpose of this study is to find out more about the health and psychological effects of participation in the Perfect Health course, Chopra Center’s signature 6-day Mind Body Spirit wellness program, on female breast cancer survivors.
We will be looking for 30 female breast cancer survivors, 18 years of age or older to participate in this ground breaking research study in collaboration with Scripps Translational Science Institute, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, and the University of California San Diego.
We anticipate launching this study in 2016.