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Mindful breathing for suffering
  1. Yu Zhen Tung and
  2. Seng Beng Tan
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Seng Beng Tan, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia; pramudita_1{at}


We present a case of a 64-year-old woman with stage 1 breast cancer. She underwent a modified radical mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy. She reported physical and psychosocial suffering due to her disease and treatment. Four weekly sessions of guided 30-min mindful breathing were delivered by the palliative care team to ease her suffering. The patient reported feelings of calmness, peace and relaxation after each session, with decrease in suffering, negative emotions and physical discomfort. This is the first report on the use of guided 30-min mindful breathing in palliating suffering of a patient with cancer.

  • cancer
  • psychological care
  • quality of life
  • supportive care
  • symptoms and symptom management

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  • Contributors SBT and YZT: idea for the article, identify case and guarantor. SBT and YZT: literature search and writing article.

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