Yoga-Based Cancer Rehabilitation Program
Breast Neoplasms - Colorectal Neoplasms - Lung Neoplasms
Conditions: official terms
Breast Neoplasms - Colorectal Neoplasms - Lung Neoplasms - Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Yoga, Breast Neoplasms, Colorectal Neoplasms, Lung Neoplasms
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Name: Yoga
Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
The purpose of this study is to find out if a Yoga-Based Cancer Rehabilitation Program can help reduce the physical and emotional side effects of living with cancer or its treatment.
Detailed Description
Research on yoga is extensive in both healthy and chronically ill individuals including cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, diabetes, asthma, headache, anxiety and depression. Benefits of yoga include: improved mood, energy, memory, concentration, flexibility, physical fitness, breathing capacity, and decreased pain, blood pressure, and cholesterol. There is paucity of controlled research studies on the effects of yoga for cancer patients. Yoga is an ideal intervention to improve quality of life for patients with cancer because it incorporates elements of relaxation, social support, and exercise, all found to improve quality of life. This randomized-controlled study compares a 12-week yoga intervention to standard care on quality of life among patients with early-stage breast, lung, and colorectal cancer. Quality of life assessments are conducted at baseline, and at one, three, and six month intervals.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Diagnosis of Breast Cancer (Stages I, II, or III), Colorectal Cancer (Stages I, II, or III), or Lung Cancer (Stages I, II)

- Diagnosed with new or recurrent cancer within past 5 years

- Language is English or Spanish

- Recovered from surgery and any postoperative complications requiring hospitalization

Exclusion Criteria:

- Current Yoga Practice >1x month

- Unable to attend yoga class due to time conflict

- Advanced cancer with symptomatic pulmonary, skeletal or brain metastases

- Second Primary cancer that is active

- ECOG performance status of 3 or 4

- Seizures

- Arthritis or muscle pain, if severe enough to interfere with simple Yogic exercises

- Asthma or difficulty breathing, if severe enough to interfere with ability to perform deep breathing

- Uncontrolled hypertension

- Heart condition or problems

- Current (Uncontrolled) major psychiatric disorder
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, New York, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Alyson Moadel, Ph.D. - 718-430-2696 -
Start Date
April 2001
Completion Date
March 2012
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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