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Study reveals yoga may help children with cancer
Quality of life of patients doing yoga improved, according to the conclusions of "Results of a Pilot Yoga Intervention to Improve Paediatric Cancer Patients' Quality of Life and Physical Activity and Parents' Well-being".

This study, published in the January 2017 issue of "Rehabilitation Oncology", concluded: "Our findings support the notion that yoga for pediatric cancer patients during active treatment is feasible and potentially helpful in improving both patients' and parents' well-being."

It was undertaken by Dr. Andrea D. Orsey and her researcher-colleagues from Connecticut Children's Medical Center, University of Connecticut Hartford School of Medicine, University of Connecticut Storrs, Denmark's LEGO Foundation and Connecticut's Center for Public Health and Health Policy.

The yoga sessions in the study were reportedly designed to teach yoga as a form of integrative therapy for pain management, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and overall helpfulness to improve the quality of life. These included breathing, yoga asanas, relaxation, meditation and savasana.

The authors wrote: We found preliminary evidence that participating in yoga was associated with increased social and emotional health-related quality of life. Yoga is desired by many patients and their parents, and it appears that it may be helpful. Our study contributes to the growing body of literature suggesting the helpfulness of yoga in the context of pediatric cancer patients.

Meanwhile, US-based distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, called this study, undertaken by Connecticut and Denmark researchers looking into the possible usage of yoga for pediatric cancer patients, "a step in the positive direction". Zed urged all major world schools of medicine to explore various benefits yoga offered.

Writing about the purpose of this study, authors wrote: Yoga is increasingly proving beneficial in improving distress, pain, physical activity, and health-related quality of life in adult patients with cancer. We aimed to study the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a yoga intervention for pediatric cancer patients in active treatment and for their families.

Authors also wrote: According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 10,380 children living in the United States younger than 15 years receive a diagnosis of cancer annually. Yoga may be especially helpful for cancer patients, given that it can be practiced anywhere and is easily modifiable to physical limitations by accommodating yoga in a hospital bed, chair, or wheelchair. The growing body of literature suggests that yoga may be helpful for paediatric cancer patients in active treatment.

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