There has been much talk lately about the benefits of yoga on people undergoing treatment for cancer. Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., is someone who is at the forefront of actual research into this topic. Dr. Cohen is a professor of General Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. As stated in this article from the MD Anderson web-site, he is currently conducting "a number of NIH-funded randomized controlled clinical trials examining the bio-behavioral effects of contemplative mind-body practices aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life". These include studies of meditation, Tibetan yoga, and Patanjali-based yoga. He is part of a ground-breaking phase III clinical trial of yoga for women with breast cancer.
So far, the results have been hopeful. From the US National Library of Medicine, this article reports positive results from the effects of yoga on quality of life in women with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. The patients were interviewed about their levels of fatigue, intrusive thoughts, sleep disturbances, depressive symptoms, and anxiety before radiotherapy and then again 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after the end of the therapy. The results showed that the yoga program was associated with "statistically and clinically significant improvements in aspects of quality of life".
***Susan is a co-founder of Yoga Bridge®. Yoga Bridge® offers online yoga for cancer classes that are free for anyone in treatment. Yoga Bridge® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides evidence-based coping strategies to complement medical treatment for cancer and recovery. We offer free and low-cost yoga programs to all people affected by cancer. Students are part of a nurturing community where they find relief from fatigue, muscle weakness, and stress.
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