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Last Updated: 08/12/13

Yoga and Cancer

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Yoga is an ancient practice combining both the mind and body. The meaning of the word yoga in Sanskrit is commonly translated as “to join” or “to unite,” signifying the joining of mind and body. The stretching, breathing exercises, and meditation involved in yoga may help ease many ailments of those who practice. People with cancer often suffer from a host of symptoms and side effects such as depression, pain, nausea, fatigue and many others. Yoga has been studied to determine if it can aid patients with cancer to ease these and other associated problems.

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