However, among women not undergoing chemotherapy, those taking yoga reported improved overall quality of life as well as better emotional well-being and mood compared with those not taking yoga, who experienced declines in quality of life, mood, and social and spiritual well-being.
Given the physical and emotional challenges for women undergoing chemotherapy, they may need more yoga to experience these quality of life benefits, explained Dr. Moadel. If attending frequent classes isnt feasible, women should consider using videotapes at home or doing breathing exercises while they receive treatment.
In an editorial accompanying both studies, Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD, LDN, of the school of nursing and department of surgery at Duke University Medical Center, writes These results suggest that the timing of lifestyle interventions may be key if [quality of life] is the primary outcome. They point to the challenges in developing effective interventions that must overcome the host of barriers in patients who are under active treatment. Behavioral interventions that are instituted in these patients come during a period when patients are saddled with competing time constraints and also when their emotional and physical energies are being drained. However, such interventions also may demonstrate their greatest impact during this time of treatment.
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