Yoga Could Help Men with Prostate Cancer
Here's another potential benefit of yoga--it may help improve the quality of life for men with prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, with radiation therapy as standard treatment. However, the treatment comes with a slew of side effects, such as fatigue and erectile dysfunction. The study at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine set out to see if yoga could reduce the impact of radiation therapy side effects.
A total 68 prostate cancer patients who were to undergo six to nine weeks of radiation therapy were recruited, and of these 45 agreed to incorporate yoga twice a week during their treatment. While 18 of the 45 who agreed to do yoga, had to withdraw due to schedule conflicts, questionnaires of men who completed yoga along with their therapy suggested that they were better able to maintain their quality of life. Fatigue levels improved, with other symptoms remaining steady.
Further research is needed, however, to get a clearer picture of just how beneficial using yoga is when compared to no yoga at all.