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Yoga For Cancer Fatigue

Andrew Pollock, of The New York Times, has a nice piece about several provocative new cancer studies to be presented next month at the annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. Among the findings: certain anticancer drugs used for years can keep cancer in remission longer, and some screening tools to detect ovarian cancer appear promising.

But as a devoted practitioner of yoga, another finding caught my eye: Pollack reports on: "a randomized trial showing that twice-a-week yoga sessions can help cancer survivors sleep better and reduce their fatigue." He writes:

The yoga trial, led by researchers at the University of Rochester, randomized 410 survivors of early-stage cancers who reported problems with sleep after their treatment had finished. Half the patients went to a yoga session twice a week for four weeks, and the rest did not. Based on questionnaires, those who did yoga had a bigger improvement in sleep and a reduction in fatigue.

Namaste!

This program aired on May 21, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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