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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 225--230

Role of yoga in cancer patients: Expectations, benefits, and risks: A review

Raghavendra Mohan Rao1, Ram Amritanshu2, HT Vinutha2, Shanmugaraj Vaishnaruby2, Shashidhara Deepashree1, Murthy Megha2, Rajendra Geetha1, BS Ajaikumar1 
1 Center for Academic Research, HCG Foundation, Healthcare Global Enterprises Ltd., Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 HCG Bangalore Institute of Oncology Specialty Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Raghavendra Mohan Rao
Healthcare Global Enterprises Ltd., No. 8, P Kalinga Rao Road, Sampangiramnagar, Bengaluru - 560 027, Karnataka
India

Background: The diagnosis and treatment of cancer poses severe psychologic distress that impacts functional quality of life. While cancer directed treatments are directed purely against tumor killing, interventions that reduce treatment related distress and improve quality of life are the need of the hour. Yoga is one such mind body intervention that is gaining popularity among cancer patients. Method: Several research studies in the last two decades unravel the benefits of yoga in terms of improved mood states, symptom reduction, stress reduction and improved quality of life apart from improving host factors that are known to affect survival in cancer patients. However, several metaanalysis and reviews show equivocal benefits for yoga. In this review, we will study the Yoga interventions in cancer patients with respect to expectations, benefits and risks and analyse the principles behind tailoring yoga interventions in cancer patients. Results: The studies on Yoga show heterogeneity with varied types of Yoga Interventions, duration, exposure, practices and indications. It also elucidates the situational context for reaping benefits and cautions against its use in several others. However, there are several reviews and bibliometric analysis of effects of yoga; most of them have not enlarged the scope of their review to cover the basic principles behind use of these practices in cancer patients. Conclusion: This review offers insight into the principles and practice of yoga in cancer patients.


How to cite this article:
Rao RM, Amritanshu R, Vinutha H T, Vaishnaruby S, Deepashree S, Megha M, Geetha R, Ajaikumar B S. Role of yoga in cancer patients: Expectations, benefits, and risks: A review.Indian J Palliat Care 2017;23:225-230


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Rao RM, Amritanshu R, Vinutha H T, Vaishnaruby S, Deepashree S, Megha M, Geetha R, Ajaikumar B S. Role of yoga in cancer patients: Expectations, benefits, and risks: A review. Indian J Palliat Care [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Mar 30 ];23:225-230
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