According to the Canadian Cancer Society, about 177,800 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year. This does not even include the 74,100 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer.
A 10 week study of a group of 23 women, a year or more after chemotherapy treatments, showed that they experience mild to moderate cognitive impairments. “About a third of people experience these [cognitive] difficulties after chemotherapy” stated Dr. Reid-Arndt.
At the end of the study, it was stated that through taking tai chi classes twice a week for 60minutes they found that they were experiencing sharper thinking, improved balance and lower stress levels.
“Behavioral changes may help,” said Dr. Reid-Arndt. She added that tai chi combines exercise, learning and mindfulness – all of which have been shown in previous research to improve cognitive abilities.
Tai chi students learn intricate routines and mind-body skills that emphasize breathing awareness, active relaxation and slow movements, which are well suited for cancer survivors who have physical impairments.
Dr. Reid-Arndt also noted, “Similar benefits might be found by studying activities such as yoga for patients who have had chemotherapy.”
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