AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Vernon Barnes of the Georgia Prevention Center will present a talk on meditation and its benefits as part of integrated cancer treatment Monday. The talk will take place at 4 pm in CN 1102 and is part of the GRU Cancer Center’s Intergrative Oncology Seminar Series.
The lecture will cover stress and cancer and different meditation techniques, including Transcendental Meditation. Dr. Barnes hopes to conclude with a brief demonstration.
“I gave a talk a few years ago as part of a series on complimentary and alternative medicine,” he said. “This is an updated version.”
Dr. Barnes said there is a long history of using meditation techniques to alleviate stress, and that using them to combat the stress associated with cancer treatment is a logical extension of that.
“We’ve been doing this kind of research here since I arrived in 1997,” he said. “And here on campus, the new administration has been very supportive. I’ve been hear for 16 years and never really had an opportunity to speak about this. In the past year that has really changed.”
The GRU Cancer Center is a multi-disciplinary academic cancer center focused on both research and clinical treatment. Its patient-centered approach to treatment includes first-in-the-nation treatment protocols, an experimental therapeutics program that includes specialized clinics for Phase I trials and immunotherapy and a variety of ancillary programs – including music therapy and genetic counseling – designed with holistic healing in mind.