Yoga Helps Cancer Survivors
The lead researcher, Dr. Karen Mustian, professor of radiation oncology and community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester in New York, followed 410 patients who had already completed treatment for cancer but who experienced sleep disturbance that required medication. Seventy-five percent of the patients had a diagnosis of breast cancer and none had sleep apnea. The patients who started a yoga program (75minutes twice a week), were able to decrease their use of sleep medication by 21% after just four weeks, compared with the control group who did not do yoga. The yoga patients also experienced less fatigue and a reduction in daytime sleepiness.
It seems like a simple thing, but improving quality of life by using complementary medicine is a very important treatment. There are millions of patients who have been treated for cancer who might benefit from starting yoga. All physicians who treat cancer patients should recommend yoga, as well as writing prescriptions.
To read the abstract go here.
Photo is Grace Cheng, RN, one of the fantastic nurse volunteers in Haiti, doing her yoga to stay centered after working all night providing relief medical care.