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Mind-body therapies benefit cancer patients

Mind-body therapy and other complementary approaches to cancer treatment are becoming mainstream.
by Melissa Howell Published: December 15, 2013
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Mind-body therapy and other complementary approaches to cancer treatment are becoming mainstream.

And with good reason. The benefits are hard to ignore.

In a recent study of women with breast cancer at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, patients who practiced yoga reported better physical function, reduced fatigue and a significant drop in cortisol levels that usually are associated with stress. They also were more likely to perceive positive life changes from their cancer experience.

“(Mind-body therapy) has a huge role. I've seen incredible results in managing overall immune function and quality of life as they are going through treatment. If a patient is feeling more hopeful or empowered in their care, their outcome is going to be better,” said Katherine Anderson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and national director of Naturopathic Medicine at Cancer Treatments Centers of America. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.

“Research ties optimism and resilience to doing a lot better through cancer treatment. Patients do better with strong support, elements of spirituality, exercise or practices that align the understanding of the body. The more awareness you have of your physical body, the better your treatment will go,” she said.

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by Melissa Howell
Custom Publishing Editor
Melissa Howell is a 1987 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. Following graduation she moved to Kansas City and began working for The Lenexa News, a small suburban weekly. In 1988, she went at the Kansas City Star as a reporter and...
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