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New Integrative Oncology Website Launched!

We are pleased to launch the new Tom Baker Cancer Centre Integrative Oncology website. Here we have collected information on all the programs we offer across a broad range of complementary therapy options such as meditation, yoga, healing arts, and community-based programs.

Click to learn more about Integrative Oncology at the TBCC, our research projects, our team and ongoing initiatives.


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Books by Dr. Carlson

Linda Carlson and Michael Speca published their book Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recoveryin 2011. In Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery,Linda and Michael present an 8-week program in patient-friendly language for coping with the symptoms of chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments by reducing stress and anxiety through meditation, mindfulness, and gentle yoga. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Linda is also the author of The Art and Science of Mindfulness along with Shauna Shapiro, published in 2009. This textbook is geared mainly towards health care professionals who want to learn more about mindfulness, its roots and definition, the research supporting its use and ways to incorporate mindfulness into everyday practice. To read more or to purchase click the book cover.


Also on this site:

Meet our current and past lab members – grad students, postdocs and research staff have profiles and links here.

See the research projects currently ongoing studies, and don’t miss the gallery of some of Linda’s mountain and travel photos (most pre-digital in fact!).

Recent publications:

Does self-report mindfulness mediate the effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on spirituality and posttraumatic growth in cancer patients? Labelle, L.E., Lawlor-Savage, L., Campbell, T.S., Faris, P. and Carlson, L.E. (2014) . The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2014, http// Abstract

Sleeping well with cancer: a systematic review of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in cancer patients. Garland, S.N, Johnson, J.A., Savard, J., Gehrman, P., Perlis, M., Carlson, L.E. and Campbell, T.S. (2014). Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment. 2014: 10 1113 - 1124 . Abstract

Associations between attention, affect and cardiac activity in a single yoga session for female cancer survivors: An enactive neurophenomenology-based approach. Mackenzie, M.J., Carlson, L.E. , Paskevich, D.M., Ekkekakis, P., Wurz, A.J., Wytsma, K, Krenz, K.A., McAuley, E, Culos-Reed, S.N. (2014). Consciousness and Cognition 2014. http// Abstract

A Randomized Wait-List Controlled Trial of Feasibility and Efficacy of an Online Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery Program: The eTherapy for Cancer Applying Mindfulness Trial. Zernicke, K.A., Carlson, L.E. , Campell, T.S., Speca, M., Mccabe-Ruff , M., Flowers, S. (2014). Psychosomatic Medicine 76: 00-00 2014. Abstract

Reply to W. Hollingworth et al: Needs assessments in reducing distress among patients with cancer. Carlson, L.E. (2014). Journal of Clinical Oncology (EPub ahead of print Feb, 2014). http// View

Qualitative evaluation of care plans for Canadian breast and head-and-neck cancer survivors. Collie, K., McCormick, J., Waller, A., Railton, C., Shirt, L., Chobanuk, J., Taylor, A., Lau, H., Hao, D., Walley, B., Kapusta, B., Joy, A.A., Carlson, L.E., and Giese–Davis, J. (2014). Current Oncology , Volume 21, Number 1, February 2014. Abstract

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Compared With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Insomnia Comorbid With Cancer: A Randomized, Partially Blinded, Noninferiority Trial. Sheila N. Garland, Linda E. Carlson , Alisa J. Stephens, Michael C. Antle, Charles Samuels, and Tavis S. Campbell, (2014). JCO, 2014. (EPub online ahead of print at w w on January 6, 2014.) Abstract

Implementing Routine Screening for Distress, the Sixth Vital Sign, for Patients With Head and Neck and Neurologic Cancers. Bultz, B.D., Waller, A., Cullum, J., Jones, P., Halland, J., Groff, S.L., Leckie, C., Shirt, L., Blanchard, S., Lau, H., Easaw, J., Fassbender, K. and Carlson, L.E. (2013) . J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2013, 11:1249-1261. Abstract

Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Prehypertension. Hughes, J. W., Fresco, D. M., Myerscough, R., H M van Dulmen, M.,  Carlson, L. E.,  & Josephson, R. (2013). Psychosomatic Medicine, 75(8), 721-728. Abstract

Dr. Carlson keeps all her publications updated and pdf files are available for download.