Many complementary therapies have been in use for hundreds of years, but research into their effects has only been relatively recent. A lack of rigorous evidence does not mean that the therapies are not beneficial. We know from our visitors’ feedback and our service evaluations that our therapies are very helpful.

Our research reports into the effectiveness of certain therapies have been published widely in a range of professional journals summarised below. You can also download our publication Breast Cancer Haven research and service evaluation: 10 year report.

We are proud that some of our research papers have been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice and the European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 

Below are links to our research reports:

Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mood, Breast- and Endocrine-Related Quality of Life, and Well-Being in stage 0 to III Breast Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial by Caroline Hoffman, et al. (20 April 2012) Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction in breast cancer: A qualitative analysis by Caroline Hoffman, et al (October 2012) Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

A randomised controlled pilot feasibility study of the physical and psychological effects of an integrated support programme in breast cancer by Barbara Baker, Caroline Hoffman, et al. (2012)

Effect of an integrated support programme on the concerns and wellbeing of women with breast cancer: A national service evaluation  by J.E. Harrington, B.S. Baker, C.J. Hoffman (2012)

A service evaluation of The Haven at Home as a support programme for breast cancer survivors by Barbara S. Baker, Julia E. Harrington, Caroline J. Hoffman (April 2013)

Research – Driving Forward integrated medicine by Caroline Hoffman et al. (2014)

What can a third sector organisation provide for people with breast cancer that public health services cannot? Developing support services in response to service evaluation by Barbara S. Bakera, Caroline J. Hoffmana, Deborah Fenlonb (2019)

Evaluation of a charity-led secondary breast cancer support day: a model of survivorship care by Barbara S Baker, Jean Marshall and Caroline J Hoffman (2019)

Effects of mindful self-compassion program on psychological wellbeing and levels of compassion in people affected by breast cancer by Caroline Hoffman and Barbara Baker (December 2022) Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine


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