- Look Good Feel Better
- Yoga shown to improve sleep and reduce inflammation after treatment for breast cancer
Look Good Feel Better
On Tuesday 18th February 2014, we are once again holding the fabulous Look Good Feel Better Workshop, from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. During the session, trained Look Good Feel Better beauty volunteers share their make-up tips, as well as demonstrating techniques for minimising treatment side-effects such as skin changes, eyebrow and eyelash loss. On top of this, every woman who attends can take home a free make-up pack containing many beauty products from top cosmetic brands.
Please contact Reema on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 830 2323 for more information or to book your place. Please note that the session is only open to those women who have not attended a previously.
Yoga shown to improve sleep and reduce inflammation after treatment for breast cancer
A recent trial carried out at Ohio State University has found that yoga can alleviate the side effects of breast cancer treatment. This included reducing the inflammation that often accompanies the treatment, as well as diminishing feelings of fatigue and improving sleep.
Sometimes, the effects of treatment can have a greater impact on a patient’s physical and emotional state than the cancer itself. Some of the most common cancer treatments, such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy, involve destroying the body’s cells, both cancerous and healthy. While the efficiency and accuracy of these treatments has greatly improved, patients still often experience a lot of long-lasting pain and discomfort as a result.
Professor Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, author of the study, explained the effects of cancer treatment on patients: “One of the problems they face is a real reduction in cardiorespiratory fitness. The treatment is so debilitating and they are so tired, and the less you do physically, the less you’re able to do. It’s a downward spiral.”
Kiecolt-Glaser studied 200 women aged between 27 and 76 who had recently undergone either surgery or radiotherapy for breast cancer. None had practiced yoga before. The women were split into two groups: half the women received two 90-minute yoga sessions each week for twelve weeks (and were also encouraged to practice at home) while the rest was asked to refrain from doing any yoga. The participants kept a weekly record of the total time they spent practicing yoga.
The women completed questionnaires at the beginning of the study, after the 12 weeks of sessions and after a further three months. The researchers found that that immediately after the yoga classes ended, the group that had practised yoga had on average a 41% reduction in fatigue compared to the women who had not practised yoga, and also had average lower levels of inflammation. Further analysis showed that the yoga group also had significantly improved sleep. After six months, fatigue levels were 57% lower in the group who had been practising yoga and inflammation had decreased between 13% and 20% compared to the control group. The study also found that the more yoga a woman did, the greater the increase in her energy levels.
Professior Kiecolt-Glaser believes that the most beneficial aspect of yoga was the breathing and mediation practise. She said: “We think improved sleep could be part of the mechanism of what we were seeing. When women were sleeping better, inflammation could have been lowered by that. Reducing fatigue enables women to engage in other activities over time. So yoga may have offered a variety of benefits in addition to the yoga exercises themselves.”
Cancerkin offers weekly yoga sessions every Friday between 2.00pm and 3.00pm at our centre in the Royal Free Hospital, and various sessions in our East London venues. For more information, please contact Reema (on email@example.com) for North London sessions and Anisah (on firstname.lastname@example.org) for East London sessions.