NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy, participating in weekly yoga sessions can help reduce nausea and sleep problems and improve wellbeing, according to a randomized pilot study.

“The women seemed to really enjoy the yoga program,” Dr. Theresa Shao of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City said in a phone interview with Reuters Health.

“We have women who finished the 12 weeks of yoga and want to continue it. It’s taught by a survivor of breast cancer and she includes meditation and relaxation techniques and the women meet other people in the yoga class that are going through the same treatment,” Dr. Shao explained.

The research was reported in a poster presented December 12 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) in San Antonio, Texas.

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