Yoga Helpful for Breast Cancer Patients, says Study
A research study in the US indicates that yoga can reduce stress and improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients. Researchers working at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in the University of Texas monitored 163 breast cancer patients getting radiation therapy.
They found that women who did stretching and yoga had less fatigue, compared to those who did not exercise. Patients performing yoga also reported benefits to general health and physical functioning, and also viewed their cancer treatment experience more positively.
Yoga also reduced the stress hormone cortisol in the breast cancer patients. This is significant as higher levels of cortisol can affect breast cancer outcomes. The study authors say yoga helped the affected women transit smoothly from treatment to daily life, which can be a stressful experience.
Another yoga study last month revealed that yoga can reduce irregular heartbeat episodes in cardiac patients by about 50%.