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32nd International Conference on Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care

Singapore City, singapore

Jyothi Chakrabarty

Jyothi Chakrabarty

Manipal University, India

Title: Complementary Therapies: Yoga and Pranayama for Cancer Related Fatigue


Biography: Jyothi Chakrabarty


Fatigue is very much common among cancer patients and it has bearing on their lives during disease and treatment.  Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) experience is personal (subjective) and has got different factors attributed to it.

Most of the recently diagnosed patients of breast cancer report severe fatigue. Fatigue is significantly associated with psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression.

Almost 77% of the people receiving external beam radiation therapy for breast cancer experience fatigue. For patients on external beam radiation therapy, fatigue increased gradually during the course of radiation treatment.

Many interventions are tried out for treating cancer related fatigue with varying results. Some of them are psycho-stimulants, erythropoietin, exercise, psychosocial interventions and Yoga.

Yoga is the union of the individual self (Jivatma) with the Universal self (Paramatma). The system was first collated and written down by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras or Aphorisms. Yoga has been used as interventions for stress and coping, pain reduction, emotional well- being, anxiety and blood pressure etc.

Yoga has shown to alleviate the side effects of cancer treatment such as cancer related fatigue and to improve the quality of life. Yoga was found to be effective in reducing cancer related fatigue among patients and survivors as well.