Can Yoga Lessen the Side Effects of Traditional Cancer Treatment?

logo1267406_mdA new study presented at the Society of Integrative Oncology’ International Conference in Boston concluded that yoga may benefit men who are undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Side effects often experience include fatigue, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and a decline in quality of life.

In this small study of 27 men who attended 75 minute yoga classes twice a week expressed no decline in quality of life or experienced any side effects through the radiation therapy. Researchers said “Data have consistently shown declines in these important measures among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions so the stable sc0res seen with our yoga program are really good news.” The researchers believe the yoga may help the fatigue and may strengthen the pelvic muscles and increase blood flow that may improve erectile dysfunction and urinary incontinence. They also thought the group participation might provide a psychosocial benefit. Previous studies have shown that yoga was beneficial for breast cancer patients.

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