Nair Notes the Benefits of Yoga as a Complementary Therapy in… – OncLive

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In today’s episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Nita Nair, MBBS, DNB, MCh, about research she presented at the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on the role of yoga as a complementary therapy in patients with breast cancer. Dr Nair is a professor of surgical oncology at Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai, India.

Nair and colleagues conducted a randomized trial to investigate how yoga affected disease-free survival (DFS), overall survival (OS) and quality of life (QOL) in 850 patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer. Although the 15% relative improvement in DFS and 14% improvement within OS in the patients who practiced yoga did not reach statistical significance for this trial, yoga plus conventional exercise was found to be a low-cost, low-risk complementary therapy that improved fatigue, pain, and QOL among patients vs conventional exercise alone.

In our exclusive interview, Dr Nair discussed key data from this trial, how these results emphasize the importance of multidisciplinary breast cancer care, and the potential applications of these findings beyond breast cancer.


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