Yoga Gives Prostate Cancer Patients a Leg Up on Treatment Side Effects

Yoga Gives Prostate Cancer Patients a Leg Up on Treatment Side Effects
Practicing yoga twice a week improved fatigue, sexual, and urinary function in prostate cancer patients undergoing cancer radiation treatment, according to the first clinical trial assessing how yoga might benefit these patients. The study “Impact of Eischens Yoga During Radiation Therapy on Prostate Cancer Patient Symptoms and Quality of Life: A Randomized Phase II Trial” was published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, and Physics. The clinical trial, led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, enrolled prostate cancer patients who had undergone between six and nine weeks of external beam radiation therapy. Patients were divided into two groups: A group of patients who practiced yoga twice a week, and a control group. Excluded from the study were all patients with a previous history of yoga practice, as well as patients who previously had undergone radiation therapy, or patients with metastatic disease. The yoga sessions lasted 75 minutes, with patients performing breathing and centering exercises. The classes finished with a common yoga position, called Savasana, a pose of total relaxation. The sessions were personalized according patients’ needs and restrictions. Researchers evaluated several parameters in patients performing the yoga sessions and controls, with the first being the level of fatigue. Patients received a nine-item questionnaire to evaluate fatigue and other quality-of-life parameters at different time intervals: Two and three weeks before the s
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