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Yoga and Breast Cancer

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Following Kristi Evans diagnosis of breast cancer, her treatment included a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy and yoga. "Just to be with other survivors, a sense of community make my body stronger my mind stronger."

Its a time to breathe, build new friendships. And it's offered by Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Chi Pham is with Baylor. "As patients are diagnosed with cancer and under go treatment there is a lot of psychological stress. Yoga has been a way to help with these treatments."

90% of cancer patients say they can't get a good night's sleep. "One of the biggest factors we encounter is fatigue. There is no magic pill. Yoga is able to make them feel more energized," says Dr. Pham.

Some exercises could make things worse. Often, patients' range of motion is limited. But this particular class is customized to recovering bodies. When women undergo surgery for breast cancer they often experience scarring that impairs their mobility. Yoga helps improve that mobility. 

Written By Wendy Damonte
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