August 20, 2015 | by Rachel Divine
Rachel Divine is a yoga therapist and patient leader for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center. She's also a former City of Hope patient.
When someone you know has cancer, even the word “cancer” can make you feel nervous, sleepless, depressed or more. But, as a yoga teacher for 15 years and a breast cancer survivor of two years, I've found that exercise, even for five minutes a day, can offer a world of relief.
Doctors and scientists are now using yoga and meditation to help cancer patients and caregivers alike. Some responses from patients and caregivers on on how yoga has helped them include:
Whether you're a patient or caregiver, here are six things you can do in five minutes to help you feel better. Practice these sitting or lying down.
When you come to City of Hope, you automatically gain access to an unparalleled array of support services to help you and your family take each step during and after your cancer treatment. Learn more about these resources at our Living with Cancer website.
Learn more about making your first appointment or getting a second opinion at City of Hope by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). You may also request a new patient appointment online. City of Hope staff will explain what's required for a consult at City of Hope and help you determine, before you come in, whether or not your insurance will pay for the appointment.