In Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery, two leading researchers on mindfulness programs for cancer patients present an eight-week program for coping with the symptoms of chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments by reducing stress and anxiety through meditation, mindfulness, and gentle yoga. The program is based in mindfulness-based cancer recovery (MBCR), a modified program of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).
Linda E. Carlson, Ph.D., R.Psych., holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Health Scholar award, and is associate professor in psychosocial oncology at the University of Calgary. She is director of research and works as a clinical psychologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, Canada. Carlson is coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness and has published over ninety book chapters and research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She regularly presents her work at international conferences.
Michael P. Speca, Psy.D., R.Psych., is adjunct associate professor of psychosocial oncology at the University of Calgary and a former Canadian Cancer Society post-doctoral fellow at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. As a clinical psychologist at the Centre, he counsels cancer patients and their families, facilitates a range of group support programs, and cofounded the Centre’s popular Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery program.