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Leading Cancer Centers Offer Yoga Programs

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Feb 16, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

More medical centers are offering yoga programs as a complementary practice for their cancer patients. Leading institutions that are following this trend include the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston; Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York City; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The presence of these programs demonstrates the increasing acceptance of yoga as a complementary therapy. A growing body of research evidence indicates that yoga helps cancer patients improve their quality of life.

The Society for Integrative Oncology recommends incorporating mind-body modalities into a multidisciplinary approach to reduce anxiety, mood disturbance and chronic pain and to improve quality of life. Yoga, tai chi, hypnosis, meditation, relaxation therapies and expressive-arts therapies are among the mind-body modalities specifically mentioned in the guidelines, published in the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology (2009; 7 [3], 85–120).

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in L...