Practicing yoga could provide benefits during cancer treatment.
Yoga may help ease the pain and fatigue of cancer treatment, according to new research.
One study conducted at the University of Rochester used two surveys to interrogate why a group of about 300 mostly female cancer patients felt less fatigued following a program of yoga.
Researchers found patients who practiced yoga slept less but had less fatigue, in large part because they cut down on daytime napping. The result was a 37% reduction in “daytime dysfunction”, the study’s most dramatic finding.
“We recommend that doctors prescribe this low-risk, low-cost treatment to all cancer patients with cancer-related fatigue,” said Po-Ju Lin, a researcher from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, who presented one of the studies at the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.
“We would like them to prescribe gentle hatha yoga but they need to refer to appropriate yoga instructors who have experience of working with cancer patients.”
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