BUFFALO, NY -- Being diagnosed with breast cancer causes a lot of stress and anxiety. There's something patients can do that can make the treatment process a little easier to deal with.
Many patients find yoga to be a good option for staying active. If you're not familiar with it, yoga focuses on exercise, stretching, breathing and meditation. Research suggests it helps reduce stress... which can be quite beneficial to patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other treatments for breast cancer.
"It's because of the mindfulness of the technique. Some people find that it really helps them deal with the stress of their cancer diagnosis and the stress of the cancer treatment. Studies have shown that patients who participate in yoga have better quality of life scores and are better able to deal with the side effects of therapy," said Dr. Tracey O'Connor with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Michelle Giganto with Shatki Yoga in Buffalo agrees. "It's a healing modality that can help anyone create balance and a deeper circulation of energy and therefore blood and oxygen flowing which can be a healing modality."
Pain relief and joint flexibility are just two benefits experts say cancer patients, and pretty much anyone can get from yoga.