Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of Hatha Yoga in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors
Head Neck Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Head and Neck 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: Baseline Study Measures Type: Other
Name: Yoga Evaluation Type: Behavioral
Name: Yoga Program Type: Behavioral
Name: Yoga Practice Plan Type: Behavioral
Name: Study Assessments Type: Other
Overall Status
Treatment for head and neck cancer can result in marked musculo-skeletal impairment (MSI). This study will examine the effects of Hatha Yoga as a therapeutic modality to address MSI.
Detailed Description
The use of aggressive treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC) particularly combined modality treatment regimens has resulted in an increase in survival. Unfortunately, this improvement has come with a marked increase in acute and late-effects. Acute HNC treatment-related toxicities have been clearly and extensively documented; however, data pertaining to adverse late-effects, those most likely to impact the survivor's long term symptom burden, functionality, and overall quality of life (QOL), are limited. This pilot study will be conducted to examine the feasibility of tailored Hatha Yoga as a therapeutic modality to address MSI in patients who have survived HNC.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- >/= 18 years of age

- >3 months post-treatment of HNC

- no active cancer

- ability to understand English in order to complete questionnaires

- willing to participate in the guided and home Yoga practice

- willing to drive to the study site

- willing and able to provide informed consent

- completed medically indicated physical therapy

- medical clearance by study medical oncologist

Exclusion Criteria:

- a prior cancer diagnosis within the past three years (except basal cell, surgically treated squamous cell skin cancer, early prostate cancer under observation)

- have received radiation therapy or chemotherapy for any condition other than primary HNC

- medical conditions that would prohibit the safe implementation of a Yoga practice (e.g., vertigo, dementia)

- active Yoga practice within the past 6 months
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Clinical Trials Office - 800-811-8480
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Vanderbilt Cancer Center Clinical Trials Information Program - 800-811-8480
Start Date
August 2013
Completion Date
January 2017
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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