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Articles on Yoga and Breast Cancer Survivors

August 20, 2009

Do you have any suggestions for poses to avoid or poses to include for a breast cancer survivor? I have had a lumpectomy and axial node dissection and chemo and radiation.

—Helen Birmingham, Alabama

Jaki Nett’s reply:
A lumpectomy is the removal of a lesion from the breast, preserving the essential anatomy of the breast. In a lumpectomy the incision is made directly over the tumor read more

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a small study of breast cancer survivors, researchers found that a tailored yoga program helped relieve severe hot flashes and other bothersome menopausal symptoms. read more

Marcie Pruett, 39, of San Diego, California has been battling breast cancer for the past three years. After two surgeries, two cycles of chemotherapy and radiation, and a course of oral chemotherapy for the past six months, she feels thirty years older than her age. “My bones and my muscles ache, and it’s difficult to move around or crouch.” Six weeks ago, she started a beginner’s yoga class read more

During three-hour chemotherapy treatments, Alison Rubin would close her eyes and focus on the gentle rhythm of her breath.

“Be still,” she often told herself, concentrating on the words of her mantra as she slowly inhaled and exhaled.

“Be open to the moment.”

Her ability to meditate along with her daily yoga practice sustained Rubin through eight months of breast cancer therapy – read more

  • Yoga Decreases Menopausal Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors By Duke Medicine News and Communications (Dukehealth.org)

Durham, NC – Breast cancer survivors often have more severe hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms than other women, yet they have limited treatment choices. Hormone replacement therapy, for example, is not an option for cancer survivors because it may increase their risk for disease recurrence. Therapies widely used to prevent cancer recurrence, such as tamoxifen, also tend to induce or exacerbate menopausal symptoms. read more

  • Cancer Survivors Thrive with Yoga by Bevin Wallace (Gaiam Life)

“My neck is so tweaked.”

“These hips are killing me, they’re so tight.”

I’ve heard students grumble about a lot of legitimate aches and pains in many a yoga class. Then I showed up to Laura Kupperman’s Yoga for Survivors class. Here, the complaints were a bit weightier.

One woman was fatigued from her new chemo meds. Another was having bone-density issues. Another was sore from all her immunizations — her treatment had wiped out her immune system. read more

Q
Gail: Are Pilates and yoga good forms of exercise for breast cancer survivors?

Answers —Miriam Nelson, Ph.D.: I’d say that any exercise is good for breast cancer survivors. The exercise that you are going to enjoy the most and stick with the most is probably the best exercise that you can do. When you talk about being more specific about the benefits, yoga read more

If you are looking for a Breast Cancer Survivor class, try looking at A Red Lotus.  There, you will find listings of specialty classes in and around the NYC area.  Here at Sangha, our Yoga Through and After Cancer class starts September 3rd and will be held every Thursday from 5pm.

–posted by Bendyburg

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2009 12:56 pm

    Nice article, i got very important informations regarding curing many disease without using medicines.Came to know how yoga can cure many diseaes.

  2. September 1, 2009 9:58 am

    Nearly 40 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States could be prevented if women kept a healthy weight, drank less alcohol, exercised more and breastfed their babies, according to a report published on Tuesday.

    The report, which reviewed 81 new studies on the links between lifestyle and cancer, showed that 70,000 breast cancer cases could be prevented in the United States alone every year.

    “We are now more certain than ever that by maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active and limiting the amount of alcohol they drink, women can dramatically reduce their risk,” Dr. Martin Wiseman of the American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund, who led the study, said in a statement.

    “We estimate that almost 40 per cent of breast cancer cases in the United States, or about 70,000 cases every year, could be prevented by making these straightforward everyday changes,” added the AICR’s Susan Higginbotham.

    Breast cancer kills 400,000 women and a few men globally every year, and 40,000 in the United States alone.

    Many studies have shown a low-fat diet, regular exercise, keeping a lean weight and breastfeeding babies can prevent breast cancer. However, a significant percentage of cases are caused by faulty genes and not linked to lifestyle.

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