Yoga may re­duce side ef­fects of prostate can­cer treat­ment

Asian Journal - - World -

New York: Prac­tic­ing yoga can im­prove qual­ity of life of men with prostate can­cer who are un­der­go­ing ra­di­a­tion ther­apy, says a new study led by an In­di­ano­ri­gin re­searcher. The re­searchers found that gen­eral qual­ity of life and mea­sure­ments of side ef­fects of­ten ex­pe­ri­enced by prostate can­cer pa­tients - in­clud­ing fatigue, sex­ual health and uri­nary in­con­ti­nence - were stable through­out a course of out­pa­tient ra­di­a­tion ther­apy among the men par­tic­i­pat­ing in an in­ten­sive yoga pro­gramme. “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 pro­gramme are really good news,” said Neha Vapi­wala, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Abram­son Can­cer Cen­tre, Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia in the US.


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