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ASCO Validates Yoga for Cancer Patients

It has long been thought that yoga can help alleviate certain symptoms associated with cancer. Stress, anxiety, and insomnia for starters. The 2010 annual meeting of The American Society of Clinical Oncologists reported on a study involving yoga and breast cancer patients. The study stated that “Yoga as a stress reduction and mind-body intervention is increasingly becoming popular among cancer patients globally”. Therefore, researchers have begun to scientifically determine whether or not the popularity of yoga among cancer patients is merely a trend or actually has some therapeutic validity to treating the disease and its symptoms. Sixty six patients with metastatic breast cancer received yoga or supportive therapy for a period of 12 weeks with the results indicating that yoga was beneficial for reducing stress. More research will be conducted in the future with larger pools of patients to continue to validate the findings.

Long time cancer advocate, Halle Tecco, and yoga enthusiast has long felt that yoga can provide relief to recover from harsh cancer treatment side effects. As a result of her love for yoga and cancer advocacy, she founded Yoga Bear, a non profit organization that provides free yoga classes for cancer patients and survivors. Initially started in 4 studios in San Francisco, Yoga Bear now offers free classes in over 250 studios in 25 states nationwide. Last year, they initiated the Healing Yoga Project which brings yoga into hospitals for cancer patients. For more information visit www.yogabear.org .

In addition to yoga, acupressure can also provide stress relief for cancer patients. Tower Cancer Research Foundation has provided free acupressure classes to patients and their care givers in the past to educate the community about stress relief methods available when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Taught by Eileen Zegar, the acupressure classes focus on pressure points throughout the body that relieve tension and stress in specific areas of and throughout the body. For more information on the benefits of acupressure visit http://www.creativewellbeing.net/acupressure-massage/ .

For more information about cancer resources and information feel free to contact me at Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource Line at 877-752-2120 or online at www.lacancerinfo.org. There are so many resources available to help you and those you love deal with a cancer diagnosis.

Phyllis Ruja Tell, MSW

July 1, 2010 at 12:54 am Leave a comment


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