Yoga reduces prostate cancer-related fatigue

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reported men with prostate cancer going through radiation therapy can benefit from yoga. They found that general quality of life and side effects were stable throughout radiation therapy while participating in yoga. The side effects remaining stable include fatigue, sexual health and urinary incontinence. Fatigue from cancer is very different from everyday fatigue. Everyday fatigue can usually be solved with rest, however cancer-related fatigue has been reported to lower the patients’ quality of life even more so than pain. Sixty to 90 percent of patients undergoing radiation report having fatigue. Erectile dysfunction is another common symptom reported by 21 to 85 percent of patients. Yoga in prostate cancer patients has been shown to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, increase blood flow and reduce fatigue. Seventy two percent of people practicing yoga are female and 18 percent are over the age 55, while the median age of diagnosis for prostate cancer is 66.

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