[Yoga and meditation: helpful techniques to improve the life of oncological patients].

Author: Nesi E.
Servizio di Psicologia Oncologica, Ospedale del Casentino, ASL 8 - Arezzo, Italy. elisa.nesi@virgilio.it
Conference/Journal: G Ital Med Lav Ergon.
Date published: 2012 Apr-Jun
Other: Volume ID: 34 , Issue ID: 2 Suppl B , Pages: B7-11 , Special Notes: [Article in Italian] , Word Count: 137

Cancer is certainly one of the most upsetting things that can happen in a life time, it manages to totally destroy the balance of those affected. The person can suffer from anxiety and fear to such a point that they see their future with terror. These difficulties have a devastating effect on the quality of life of the patient and their families, the latter often being given little consideration by carers. Sometime tailored psychotherapy or medical care can partially contribute only to help the patient and their families-caregiver. Techniques such as Yoga and some structured meditation, e.g. Mindfulness which work on the "feeling" of mind and body can be of help. These techniques lead to a reduction in distress and so add to a better quality of life, fundamental in each stage of the illness.
PMID: 23326933