Why Yoga Is Good for the Prostate!
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine have found that yoga may help alleviate the adverse side effects of prostate cancer treatment.
The phase II trial was designed to measure potential therapeutic effects of yoga on fatigue, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and the overall quality of life in patients undergoing external beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer.
The study was conducted between October 2014 and January 2016 and included 50 patients all of whom had prostate cancer. The patients covered in the trial underwent six to nine weeks of radiation were then divided into two groups, one that practiced yoga and the other did not.
The patients in the yoga group had to participate in yoga classes twice a week for the duration of the study period.
“At their baseline, before patients started treatment, patients in both groups were on the lower end of the scale, meaning they reported lower amounts of fatigue,” Dr. Neha Vapiwala, associate professor of Radiation Oncology at Perelman, said in a press release. “But as treatment went on, we observed a difference in the two groups.”
“Levels of patient-reported fatigue are expected to increase by around the fourth or fifth week of a typical treatment course, but that did not happen in the yoga group,” he said, adding that “both the severity of the fatigue as well as the patients’ ability to go about their normal lives appeared to be positively impacted in the yoga group.”