Evaluation of a Yoga-Based Cancer Rehabilitation Program
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.
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy
Baseline to 3 months and 6 months
Alyson Moadel, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
United States: Institutional Review Board
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