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Yoga intervention may improve health-related quality of life (HRQL), fatigue, depression, anxiety and sleep in patients with breast cancer
  1. Marcy McCall
  1. Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marcy McCall, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK; marcy.mccall{at}phc.ox.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Cramer H, Lauche R, Klose P, et al. Yoga for improving health-related quality of life, mental health and cancer-related symptoms in women diagnosed with breast cancer  Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2017;1:CD010802.

Implications for practice and research

  • Yoga intervention may slightly improve short-term health-related quality of life, fatigue, depression, anxiety and sleep in patients with breast cancer.

  • The evidence base for yoga intervention could be strengthened if future studies concentrate on replicability of results and limiting potential bias.

Context

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women in both developing and developed countries1 where over 1.67 million new cases are diagnosed each year worldwide.2 As such, there is a growing need to address the quality of life of patients with breast cancer throughout the treatment trajectory, from their point of diagnosis to remission. This study by Cramer and colleagues responds to a trend in using yoga and other complementary therapies to produce benefit in …

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