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News.com.au: Yoga beneficial for cancer patients: Study

Cancer patients sleep better and experience less pain and fatigue if they practise yoga, research suggests. New studies presented at the world's largest cancer conference in Chicago found that as little as four weeks of practising yoga, including gentle hatha yoga, can improve wellbeing and reduce tiredness. The study on 321 cancer patients examined the impact of yoga on cancer-related fatigue and sleep. Patients in the study, 77 per cent of whom had breast cancer, were split into two groups, with one receiving usual care and the other following a four-week yoga program. The results showed that yoga significantly improved both fatigue and sleep quality, with around a fifth of the effect on fatigue due to better sleep.

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