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).

For more information, go to www.integrativeonc.org.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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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 Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.