Yoga Can Aid Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation

Yoga Can Aid Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiation
Yoga practice benefits men with prostate cancer who are undergoing radiation therapy, reducing treatment side effects and improving life quality. These were the conclusions of a recent study, to be published in early 2016, presented at the 12th International Conference of the Society of Integrative Oncology on Nov. 16 by team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The first-of-its-kind study, conducted by Neha Vapiwala, MD, an associate professor in the department of Radiation Oncology at PSOM and Penn's Abramson Cancer Center, and colleagues, found that an intensive yoga program delivered to prostate cancer patients during the course of outpatient radiation therapy helped to stabilize the debilitating side effects frequently experienced by these patients — including urinary incontinence, sexual health and fatigue. “Data have consistently shown declines in these important measures among prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer therapy without any structured fitness interventions, so the stable scores seen with our yoga program are really good news,” Dr. Vapiwala said in a news release. The fatigue associated with cancer is different from that experienced in everyday life, which normally can be relieved by sleep or rest. Evidence from studies has shown that fatigue related to cancer, or caused by cancer treatments, lowers patients’ quality of life even more than pain, with 60% to 90% of patients undergoing radiation therapy reporting fatigue. The positive clinical benefits of yoga might be explained by physiologic data showing it to reduce cancer and treatment-a
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