Breast cancer patients can benefit from yoga  Canadian Health Expert

Breast cancer patients can benefit from yoga Canadian Health Expert

Breast cancer patients can benefit from yoga

Posted by : Michelle CampbellWednesday, March 5th, 2014

A study has revealed that patients suffering from breast cancer can benefit from practicing yoga several times a week.

One of the side effects of radiation therapy is fatigue, and new research has suggested that this particular side effect can be managed more easily if stress hormones are brought under control.  Yoga is one way to help accomplish this.

The results of the study were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  191 women experiencing various stages of breast cancer took part in the study.  They were divided into three groups.  One group practiced yoga, a second did simple stretching and the third did nothing.  The two groups with an activity to carry out had to attend three one-hour classes each week.  The classes were designed for those with breast cancer.

The women were asked to keep a log of their quality of life, the amount of fatigue and depression that they felt, and how well they were sleeping and generally functioning each day.  ECG tests were carried out and stress hormone levels were monitored.

The results of the study showed that those who did yoga had the fastest drop in stress hormone levels.  This is considered important because those who are linked with higher stress hormone levels are considered to have a higher chance of a negative outcome from the disease.  A drop in fatigue levels was reported from the yoga group but not the two other groups.  General wellbeing was also higher for those who did yoga three times a week.

My name is Michelle Campbell and I am a 26 year old American of Scottish lineage. I live with my husband in Detroit Michigan where I am employed as a carer in a residential home for patients with senile dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. We do not have children.

Because my job is so stressful I like to play hard! I belong to a Karate club and after only four years in the sport I am a Black Belt Shodan Ho. I love to take part in competitions and I often win!

We also like to bowl and do so competitively at a local bowling center.

I spend my spare time studying with an online college for a recognized nursing qualification. I have also loved writing from a very young age and I am particularly interested in contributing to blogs that cover the care of the elderly, and the management of age related illnesses.

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