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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Yoga for Improving Health-Related Quality of Life, Mental Health and Cancer-Related Symptoms in Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Description of Resource: 
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. This systematic review sought to assess whether yoga can improve quality of life, mental health, and symptoms related to cancer in women with a diagnosis of breast cancer. It identified 24 studies and found that yoga was more effective than no therapy in improving quality of life and reducing fatigue and sleep disturbances. It also found that yoga was better for reducing depression, anxiety, and fatigue in women when compared with psychosocial or educational interventions such as counseling. These findings indicate that women with a diagnosis of breast cancer can use yoga as supportive therapy for improving their quality of life and mental health, in addition to standard cancer treatments.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Cramer H, Lauche R, Klose P, Lange S, Langhorst J, Dobos GJ. Yoga for improving health-related quality of life, mental health and cancer-related symptoms in women diagnosed with breast cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 12 5];(1):Article CD010802. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010802.pub2. Available from: