Yoga can reduce inflammation for breast cancer patientsMenu
Yoga can re-energise women who have battled breast cancer within just three months, cutting down fatigue in cancer survivors by more than half.
Inflammation, which is linked to health problems from heart disease to frailty, and increases the odds of cancer coming back, was also eased.
The large, U.S. based study suggests that something as cheap and gentle as yoga could be of huge benefit to breast cancer patients.
Breast cancer is Britain’s most common cancer with almost 50,000 cases a year.
Survival rates are improving but the gruelling treatments can leave women feeling worn out for months – or even years – after they have stopped.
The Ohio State University researchers recruited 200 women who had survived cancer of varying degrees of severity.
Half were asked to attend 90-minute yoga classes twice a week and practise at home, if they could.
None had done any yoga before the start of the study.
Three months after the yoga classes had ended, fatigue was an average of 57 per cent lower in attendees, the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports.
The study also showed that the more yoga a woman did, the greater the boost in energy levels.
Blood tests showed a reduction in levels of compounds linked to the inflammation.
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