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 evaulation: 10 year report.

If you have any questions about our research or service evaluation, please contact: 

Dr Barbara Baker, PhD, Senior Research Fellow
020 7384 0044
[email protected]  

Breast Cancer Haven staff (past and present) are highlighted

  1. Jeffs E., Purushotham A. The prevalence of lymphoedema in women who attended an information and exercise class to reduce the risk of breast cancer-related upper limb lymphoedema. Springer Plus 2016 Jan 7; 5: 21. doi: 10.1186/s40064-015-1629-8.
  2. Baker, B.S, Hoffman C.J. Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to reduce the side effects associated with tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitor use in women with breast cancer: A service evaluation. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2015; 7: 136-142.
  3. Eyles, C., Leydon G.M.., Hoffman C.J., Copson E.R., Prescott P.,Chorozoglou M., Lewith G. Mindfulness for the self-management of fatigue, anxiety and depression in women with metastatic breast cancer: a mixed methods feasibility study. Integrative Cancer Therapies 2015; 14(1): 42-56. 
  4. Baker, B.S., Harrington, J.E., Hoffman, C.J. A service evaluation of The Haven at Home as a support programme for breast cancer survivors. European Journal of Integrative Medicine 2013; 5: 153-164.
  5. Hoffman, Caroline J., Ersser, Steven J., Hopkinson, Jane B., Nicholls, Peter G., Harrington, Julia E., Thomas, Peter W. Effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction in mood, breast- and endocrine-related quality-of-life and wellbeing in stages 0 to III breast cancer: a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2012; 30(12): 1335-1342.
  6. Harrington, J.E, Baker, B.S., Hoffman, C.J. Effect of an integrated support programme on the concerns and well-being of women with breast cancer: a national service evaluation Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2012; 18): 10-15.
  7. Baker, B.S., Harrington J.E., Choi B.-S., Kropf P., Muller I., Hoffman C.J. A randomised controlled pilot feasibility study of the physical and psychological effects of an integrated support programme in breast cancer. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2012; 18: 182-189.
  8. Hoffman, Caroline J., Ersser, Steven J., Hopkinson, Jane B. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in breast cancer: a qualitative analysis. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 2012; 18: 221-226.
  9. Seers, H.E., Gale, N., Paterson, C., Cooke, H.J., Tuffrey, V., Polley, M.J. Individualised and complex experiences of integrative cancer support care: combining qualitative and quantitative data. Supportive Care in Cancer 2009; 17(9): 1159-1167. (In collaboration with Penny Brohn Cancer Care).
  10. Polley, M.J., Seers, H.E., Cooke, H.J., Hoffman, C., Paterson, C. How to summarise and report written qualitative data from patients: a method for use in cancer support care. Supportive Care in Cancer 2007; 15(8): 963-971. (In collaboration with Penny Brohn Cancer Care).
  11. Jeffs, E. Treating breast cancer related lymphoedema at the London Haven: A clinical audit. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 2006; 10: 71 -79.