Yoga Helps Beat Breast Cancer

Yoga Helps Beat Breast Cancer

Milestone Study At Tata Hosp

Tata Memorial Hospital’s clinical trials show fewer chance of recurrence and death.

MUMBAI, Dec 13 (The CONNECT) - Inclusion of Yoga in the treatment of breast cancer patients is highly beneficial, says a study report by the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH).

Yoga resulted in a 15% relative improvement in disease-free survival (DFS) and 14% in overall survival (OS).

The intervention was carefully designed with inputs from yoga consultants, clinicians as well as physiotherapists to suit the needs of breast cancer patients and survivors, keeping in focus, the different phases of their treatment and recovery.

The protocol included gentle and restorative yoga postures(asana) with regular periods of relaxation and pranayama. It was implemented through classes by qualified and experienced yoga instructors. Additionally, handouts and CDs of the protocol were provided for maintaining compliance.

The largest clinical trial is an important milestone in use of Yoga in breast cancer since this is the first example of a very Indian traditional remedy being tested in a rigorous western design of randomized study with robust sample size, said Dr Nita Nair of TMH.

Breast cancer is the commonest cancer affecting women not only in India but globally. It raises huge of anxiety in women which is twofold, the first fear of cancer with threat to life and the second worry due to side effects of treatment and coping with it.

It is heartening to see that Yoga practiced with rigour and perseverance has proved its superiority in maintaining excellent quality of life and has also numerically reduced the risk of recurrence and death by 15%.

Dr Nair, presented her paper at the ongoing San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), one of the most prestigious breast cancer conferences in the world held annually in USA. Out of thousands of research papers submitted to the conference few are chosen for spotlight discussion.

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