Being diagnosed with prostate cancer is something that one in six men will experience at some point in his lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. Because of this disease's deleterious effects on a man's health, happiness and quality of life, researchers are looking into yoga's ability to facilitate patient's mental self healing.
Scientists from the Department of Psychosocial Resources at Canada's Tom Baker Cancer Center recently conducted a study to determine the ways in which holistic mindfulness systems affect men recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well as women with breast tumors.
After taking subjective surveys and giving blood samples, the participants displayed marked improvements in mood, quality of life, stress levels and sleep quality subsequent to an eight-week course of meditation, gentle yoga and relaxation exercises.
The team wrote in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine that such mind-body therapies may help people with cancer learn to live with their disease and better endure the medical treatments they undergo.
Another study published in the Journal of Urology noted that intensive lifestyle changes appeared to slow the progression of prostate cancer in men with the disease.