Benefits of Yoga for Cancer Patients

Yoga for cancer patients

According to a study, yoga helps cancer patients both mentally and physically. While yoga cannot cure cancer,  it can help lower the side effects of cancer and its treatment.

Yoga can:-

  1. Reduce cancer-related fatigue
  2. Help in the recovery of cancer treatment
  3. Help in the management of cancer-related depression, anxiety,  and distress
  4. Improves sleep

Effects of yoga in the management of cancer-related fatigue

Cancer-related fatigue impacts a person’s daily life on physical, emotional, or mental levels. Cancer patients can have it before, during, and after cancer treatment and as cancer survivors, too. Yoga has proven benefits in reducing cancer-related fatigue.

Yoga can bring:-

  • Improvement in fatigue after treatment
  • Improvement in fatigue during treatment
  • Improvement in physical and mental fatigue too.

Effects of yoga in recovery From Cancer Surgery

Many women feel stress before breast cancer surgery. It can hurt their post-surgery recovery. Also stress before surgery has been linked to more pain, longer hospital stays, and more complications. Study shows that those patients who did yoga before surgery had better results. Yoga can help to reduce stress and thereby helps in faster recovery.

Effects of yoga in the management of chemo Side Effects:-

Chemotherapy can cause:

  • Tingling, or a “pins and needles” feeling
  • Pain or a burning sensation
  •  Muscle weakness

Yoga and meditation can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy by bringing

  • More flexibility
  • Better balance
  • Less risk of falls

Mental Health Benefits of yoga

Cancer patients often experience distress, depression, and anxiety. Many studies suggest yoga may ease them. Yoga can help in reducing:-


  • Distress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • It also improves
  • Self-esteem
  • Spiritual well-being

Yoga has been utilized in the management of a spread of symptoms like fatigue, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), and pain in cancer patients. Ask our cancer specialists which yoga is beneficial for you.