Mind-body therapies are based on the belief that what we think and feel can affect our well-being. Like all other complementary or alternative therapies, they have no effect on the cancer. But they are often given as part of support for people with cancer.
Mind-body therapies are available in many conventional cancer treatment centres. They may help you feel less anxious, improve your mood and help you sleep. They can also be used to ease symptoms, such as pain, or to reduce side effects caused by cancer treatment.
Most mind-body techniques need to be practised regularly for you to get the best results. Many people find that going to group classes helps them stay motivated to practise the techniques.
Some NHS services and support groups offer mind-body therapies. You can ask if your hospital provides them or if you can access them through your GP. You can also contact us for details of support groups in your area.