According to the study findings, patients who participated in yoga sessions reported an improvement in their fatigue, physical functioning, general health and stress hormone levels after yogic breathing, meditation, relaxation techniques and yoga postures were introduced into their treatment.
The research was conducted as part of a collaboration between MD Anderson and the Indian yoga research institution Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana.
Lorenzo Cohen, a professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson has said that developing a yoga practice can help patients both during and after completing cancer treatment.
“The transition from active therapy back to everyday life can be very stressful as patients no longer receive the same level of medical care and attention. Teaching patients a mind-body technique like yoga as a coping skill can make the transition less difficult,” he said.
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