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Yoga Shows Benefit to Cancer Survivors

New Study Suggests that Yoga Practice Improves Sleep

New study randomized cancer survivors to yoga for one month, twice a week (pranayama – breathing exercises, 16 Gentle Hatha and Restorative Yoga postures and meditation).  Patients were recruited within 2-24 months after surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

The study shows that this approach improves global sleep quality, less need for sleep medications and sleep efficiency. In other words, cancer survivors who participated in Yoga slept better.

While the study participants where overwhelmingly female, there is no scientific reason why this should not be helpful to urological patients. Both men and women with kidney, adrenal and bladder cancer can be expected to benefit as do men with testicular and prostate cancer.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Karen Mustian, et al. September 10, 2013.

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