Yoga Improves Quality
of Life For Radiation Therapy Patients - Exercise Program Planned for
Breast Cancer Chemotherapy - Study
June 5th 2006
Researchers at the
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center believe yoga, as part
of a treatment plan for cancer patients, can improve the quality of
life. Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the
Integrative Medicine Program at M. D. Anderson presented their findings
at the 42nd annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
included sixty-one women with breast cancer undergoing radiation. They
were randomized and some took yoga classes twice weekly at or around the
time of their radiation therapy appointments. They created a control
group that was to be offered yoga post-treatment. The patients ranged
from Stage 0 to Stage 3.
found that after just one week of yoga and radiation, the patients
reported increased physical function, as well as general health,
compared to the control group. Also, this group reported better social
functioning, significantly lower levels of sleep-related daytime
dysfunction, as well as marginally lower levels of fatigue overall.
There was no difference in depression or anxiety levels between the two