Study Shows Yoga Helps Breast Cancer Patients

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Women going through treatment for breast cancer felt better when they tried yoga. That's according to one of the first scientific studies of its

Researchers at the University of Texas M-D Anderson Cancer Center focused on 61 women who underwent surgery for breast cancer -- most also had received chemotherapy.

All of the women were going through six weeks of radiation treatment.

The researchers randomly assigned 30 women to a test group that took twice-a-week yoga classes and 31 to a group that did not.

At the end of six weeks, study participants filled out detailed questionnaires.

Participants were asked to grade their ability to lifts groceries, walk a mile and perform other physical activities.

They also were asked about sleeplessness, feelings of fatigue, their sense of well-being and other aspects of their quality of life.

The researchers found the yoga group consistently had higher scores in almost every area. It was most pronounced in physical function -- the yoga group had a mean score of about 82, compared with 69 for the other group.

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