Yoga Research > Disease and Disorders > Cancer

Cancer cancer patients, cancer survivors, breast and prostate cancers, etc.


Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

Quality of Life and Breast Cancer: How Can Mind-Body Exercise Therapies Help? An Overview Study.
Husebø AML, Husebø TL.
Sports (Basel). 2017 Oct 13;5(4). pii: E79.
[ full text ]

Utilizing Yoga in Oncologic Patients Treated with Radiotherapy: Review.
Tolia M, Tsoukalas N, Nikolaou M, Mosa E, Nazos I, Poultsidi A, Hajiioannou J, Tsanadis K, Spyropoulou D, Charalampakis N, Kardamakis D, Kouloulias V, Pistevou-Gombaki K, Kyrgias G.
Indian J Palliat Care. 2018 Jul-Sep;24(3):355-358.
[ full text ]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Mindfulness, and Yoga in Patients With Breast Cancer with Sleep Disturbance: A Literature Review.
Zeichner SB, Zeichner RL, Gogineni K, Shatil S, Ioachimescu O.
Breast Cancer (Auckl). 2017 Dec 7;11:1178223417745564.
[ full text ]

Yoga for the Management of Cancer Treatment-Related Toxicities.
Lin PJ, Peppone LJ, Janelsins MC, Mohile SG, Kamen CS, Kleckner IR, Fung C, Asare M, Cole CL, Culakova E, Mustian KM.
Curr Oncol Rep. 2018 Feb 1;20(1):5.
[ full text ]

Yoga into Cancer Care: A Review of the Evidence-based Research.
Agarwal RP, Maroko-Afek A.
Int J Yoga. 2018 Jan-Apr;11(1):3-29.
[ full text ]

Mind and body practices for fatigue reduction in patients with cancer and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Duong N, Davis H, Robinson PD, Oberoi S, Cataudella D, Culos-Reed SN, Gibson F, Götte M, Hinds P, Nijhof SL, Tomlinson D, van der Torre P, Ladas E, Cabral S, Dupuis LL, Sung L.
Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2017 Dec;120:210-216.
[ full text ]

Complementary Therapies for Symptom Management in Cancer Patients.
Satija A, Bhatnagar S.
Indian J Palliat Care. 2017 Oct-Dec;23(4):468-479.
[ full text ]

Role of Yoga in Cancer Patients: Expectations, Benefits, and Risks: A Review.
Rao RM, Amritanshu R, Vinutha HT, Vaishnaruby S, Deepashree S, Megha M, Geetha R, Ajaikumar BS.
Indian J Palliat Care. 2017 Jul-Sep;23(3):225-230.
[ full text ]

Mind-Body Therapies in Cancer: What Is the Latest Evidence?
Carlson LE, Zelinski E, Toivonen K, Flynn M, Qureshi M, Piedalue KA, Grant R.
Curr Oncol Rep. 2017 Aug 18;19(10):67.
[ abstract ]

Salute to the sun: a new dawn in yoga therapy for breast cancer.
Galliford M, Robinson S, Bridge P, Carmichael M.
J Med Radiat Sci. 2017 Sep;64(3):232-238.
[ full text ]

Review of yoga therapy during cancer treatment.
Danhauer SC, Addington EL, Sohl SJ, Chaoul A, Cohen L.
Support Care Cancer. 2017 Apr;25(4):1357-1372
[ full text ]

Yoga for improving health-related quality of life, mental health and cancer-related symptoms in women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Klose P, Lange S, Langhorst J, Dobos GJ.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jan 3;1:CD010802.
[ full text ]

A systematic review of yoga interventions as integrative treatment in breast cancer.
Sharma M, Lingam VC, Nahar VK.
J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2016 Dec;142(12):2523-2540
[ abstract ]

Evidence-Based Yoga Interventions for Patients With Cancer.
Sisk A, Fonteyn M.
Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Apr;20(2):181-6.
[ abstract ]

Could yoga practice improve treatment-related side effects and quality of life for women with breast cancer? A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Pan Y, Yang K, Wang Y, Zhang L, Liang H.
Asia Pac J Clin Oncol. 2017 Apr;13(2):e79-e95.
[ abstract ]

Yoga as Treatment for Insomnia Among Cancer Patients and Survivors: A Systematic Review.
Mustian KM.
Eur Med J Oncol. 2013 Nov 1;1:106-115.
[ full text ]

Mind-body practices in cancer care.
Chaoul A, Milbury K, Sood AK, Prinsloo S, Cohen L.
Curr Oncol Rep. 2014 Dec;16(12):417.
[ full text ]

Yoga in addition to standard care for patients with haematological malignancies.
Felbel S, Meerpohl JJ, Monsef I, Engert A, Skoetz N.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Jun 12;(6):CD010146.
[ full text ]

Yoga as an alternative and complementary treatment for cancer: a systematic review.
Sharma M, Haider T, Knowlden AP.
J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Nov;19(11):870-5.
[ abstract ]

Notable Publications

Notable Publications

YOCAS©® Yoga Reduces Self-reported Memory Difficulty in Cancer Survivors in a Nationwide Randomized Clinical Trial: Investigating Relationships Between Memory and Sleep.
Janelsins MC, Peppone LJ, Heckler CE, Kesler SR, Sprod LK, Atkins J, Melnik M, Kamen C, Giguere J, Messino MJ, Mohile SG, Mustian KM.
Integr Cancer Ther. 2016 Sep;15(3):263-71.
[ full text ]

For questions related to yoga research, email us at

Yoga Alliance is a nonprofit 501(c)(6). Yoga Alliance Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). This website refers to the two organizations as "Yoga Alliance." Copyright 2019 Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance, the Yoga Alliance logo, RYS, RYT, and YACEP are registered marks with the USPTO and other jurisdictions.
Copyright 2019 by Yoga Alliance