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Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer

Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer

Trish Bartley

ISBN: 978-1-118-96106-3

Dec 2016, Wiley-Blackwell

296 pages


Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer offers people with cancer a means to bring mindfulness and kindliness into their lives, to help them cope with the challenge of a life-threatening illness. 

  • Adapts Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), an approach with a strong evidence base for people with recurrent depression, for the needs and challenges of people with cancer
  • Presents the standard 8-week course of MBCT for cancer in a flexible format that is designed to suit each reader’s own particular timescale, context and situation
  • Based on more than 15 years of program development and clinical application by the author, and the work and experience of mindfulness teachers in other cancer centres around the world
  • Provides specific practices and approaches tailored to support the different phases of a cancer experience – from  diagnosis and treatment to living with uncertainty and managing life with cancer
  • Features five extended stories from people personally affected by cancer who have used mindfulness-based practices to support them in their own experience of illness, life and treatment

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Acknowledgments ix

About the Companion Website xi

Some Opening Words 3

Starting Out 5

1 Intention 21

Intention Theme 22

The Practices 33

Experience of Cancer – Diagnosis 45

Personal Story – Sarah 55

2 Coming Back 60

Coming Back Theme 61

The Practices 72

Experience of Cancer – Treatment 97

Personal Story – Caroline 112

3 Turning Towards 117

Turning Towards Theme 118

The Practices 131

Experience of Cancer – Remission / Living with Uncertainty 152

Personal Story – Peter 160

4 Kindness 165

Kindness Theme 167

The Practices 176

Experience of Cancer – Recurrence 201

Personal Story – Jane 211

5 Completing And Continuing 217

Personal Story – Helen 234

6 Connecting To Our Common Humanity 240

Some Parting Words 250

Appendices 254

1 Cancer And Mindfulness]Based Approaches 254

2 Resources 256

3 The ‘Map’ of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer 259

4 Lee’s Soups 261

Bibliography 265

Index 269

About the Author

“A diagnosis of cancer can produce waves of shock, confusion and despair affecting not only the sufferer, but also family and close friends. Where can you turn? What resources can you find right now that will ease the pain? From start to finish, trish bartley provides the best sort of support for anyone suffering such anguish. Here is not only something to read, but something to practice.”
-Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford, UK

“How do we skillfully meet suffering with kindness? Trish has distilled her years of experience iinto this wonderfully clear and accessible guide to mindfulness. An embodiment of compassion and wisdom, and an inspiring read.”
-Rebecca Crane, Director, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, ULK

“This is a lovely book – wise, compassionate, and very practical. Here is a wonderful friendly guide to tried and tested ways to live more fully and kindly with cancer.”
-John Teasdale, Research Scientist, Medical Research Council, Cambridge, UK