This approach reduces anxiety for breast biopsy patients

Researchers hope it will address the distress from the procedure that can lead to cancellations

A brief session of guided mindfulness-based meditation may help women undergoing a stereotactic breast biopsy to feel less anxious, a small study suggests.

"High distress before and during" large-core needle stereotactic breast biopsy is "uncomfortable for patients and can contribute to appointment cancellations, incomplete procedures, complications, and longer procedure times", the study team notes in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Researchers recruited 76 women scheduled for a stereotactic breast biopsy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Before the procedure, they randomly assigned each woman to one of three groups: one group would receive a 10-minute instruction in mindfulness-based meditation; another would be taught a focused breathing exercise; and the third would receive standard care with no additional instruction.

All participants