Yoga Improves Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

Feb 25, 2011 2:04 AM

LuAnn White says, "I think it is just wonderful. It's one of the best things the cancer center has done." Cancer survivors like LuAnn White are bending in the right direction. For the past 6 weeks, the Feather River Cancer Center has been offering a physical healing option to survivors in the north state.. free yoga classes...providing cancer patients with a variety of benefits.

Kate McDonald, Manager of the Feather River Cancer Center says, "Significant increase in quality of sleep, decrease in fatigue, which are some of the major side affects of most cancer survivor and patients"

"Yocas" or yoga for cancer survivors, began with a study conducted through the University of Rochester Medical Center. Roughly four hundred early-stage cancer survivors, were split into two groups.. one group attended a twice-a-week specialized yoga program and the other did not. The group that didn't take yoga showed a higher need for sleep meds and an increase in fatigue. Those that did attend the class improved in all aspects.

Yocas instructor Debbie Gagne says, "Anything that we can do that we don't have to take more drugs is always going to be a benefit."
The class not only improves the physical aspects of recovery, it also gives those battling cancer a new outlook on life. "Having cancer is not always a sad thing and this is helping to make everybody feel better and be better," LuAnn says.

From butterfly stretches and gentile rope exercises, to meditative visualization, the classes are proving to have an affect on all who try them. LuAnn says, "I just feel better. I have more energy and it's just wonderful."


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