Yoga and Breast Cancer

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Yoga and Breast Cancer

A Journey to Health and Healing

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Yoga and Breast Cancer is a practical how to guide to using yoga to manage stress, relieve pain, and gain the strength necesary to make it through this illness. It follows the authors' own research in the subject that has shown a proven correlation between yoga practice and better health and outcomes after a breast cancer diagnosis. More than simply an exercise guide, the book is a deeply soothing form of moving meditation and physical activity that is a safe way to rebuild strength, stamina, and flexibility both during and following cancer treatments.

It is intended to support women during the critical phases of their disease as well as during times of secondary prevention and rehabilitation. It shows how yoga ameliorates difficulties after breast cancer therapy, improves a womans awareness of her body, thoughts and feelings, and guides towards leading a healthier life."

Product Details

  • Publication Date September 29, 2010
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603910

About The Author(s)

Dr. Ingrid Kollak PhD, RN

Ingrid Kollak holds a doctorate in literature and is a registered nurse. Currently she is Professor, Alice-Salomon University of Applied Sciences (ASFH), in Berlin, and since 1995, has acted as chair Division of Health and Nursing Management there, with previous teaching in the Bachelors and Master programs. She is well noted in the US for her work in the conceptual bases for nursing theories and in the EU for her work on intercultural perspectives at play in health care. She is editor of three books in the field of nursing, and is the author of Springer Publishing Company's title Yoga for Nurses. Dr. Kollak authors a monthly yoga column in the German journal Health Professions.

Dr. Isabell Utz-Billing MD

Isabell Utz-Billing is a medical doctor in the department of gynecology and obstetrics of the German Red Cross Hospital Westend in Berlin. During her residency she specialized in diagnosis and therapy of breast cancer patients. Her interest lies on the topics of psychosocial support of patients with breast cancer.

Utz-Billing and her Yoga and Breast Cancer co-author Ingrid Kollak cooperated in the randomized clinical study The Effects of Yoga on Patients with Mammacancer (2008-2009) funded by the German Statutory Health Insurance (AOK).

Table of Contents

I: Yoga for Women with Breast Cancer
1. How Yoga Works
2. A Short History of Yoga
3. Self-help and Yoga
4. Rehabilitative and Supportive Yoga
5. On Your Way with Yoga
6. Exercises for Everyday Life
7. Yoga Exercises with Continuous Effects
8. Beyond Exercising
II: About the Disease
9. Types of Breast Cancer and Their Origins
10. State-of-the-art Methods of Surgery
11. Therapies, Effects, Side Effects, and Helpful Means
12. Body Image and Intimacy
III:Further Reading
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