Jacobs Journal of Cancer Science and Research

Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Yoga in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Adjuvant Radiation and/or Chemotherapy Following Breast Surgery

Published on: 2016-07-08


The purpose of this investigation was to examine the effect of yoga on improvements in range of motion and muscular strength in women with stage I or II breast cancer receiving adjuvant radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy following breast surgery, and compare these values to a traditional resistance training program. A total of 77 newly diagnosed stage II and III breast cancer patients undergoing surgery followed by adjuvant radiation and/or chemotherapy participated in this investigation. Participants were randomized into an intervention group (yoga) and control group (traditional strength training). Each program took place following surgery, and during adjuvant therapy. The program lasted for 8 weeks. Measurements of muscular strength and upper body range of motion were measured pre- and post-8-week session. Both groups in this investigation reported improvements in muscular strength and flexibility. Statistical analyses revealed a greater increase in muscular strength and flexibility in the yoga group, compared to controls. Overall, this study supports the practice of yoga in recovery from breast cancer surgery.