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Study: Yoga helps breast cancer patients

June 07, 2006

From CNN Health - June 06, 2006 09:49

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ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Women going through treatment for breast cancer felt better when they tried yoga, according to one of the first scientific studies of its kind.

"Our belief is something as simple and brief as a short (yoga) program would be very useful" at combating side effects from cancer treatment, said Lorenzo Cohen, a psychologist who led the pilot study.

Yoga incorporates meditation, relaxation, imagery, controlled breathing, stretching and physical movements. Although the study was small and preliminary, it's one of the few to try to rigorously measure the benefits of this form of exercise, Cohen said.