16 Dec Weekly Yoga Improved Reduced Nausea and Improved Well-Being in Breast Cancer Patients on Chemotherapy
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Tiffany Won-Shau Chen MD
Internal Medicine Residency
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: The research I presented on details a randomized, prospective study done to evaluate whether it would be feasible and effective to implement a yoga program for breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy that could reduce patients’ chemotherapy-related symptoms and improve their quality of life.
50 patients were recruited, half of whom underwent a 12-week long yoga program with weekly courses, while the other half did not participate in the program.
Surveys were completed at baseline, 6 weeks, and 12 weeks assessing patients’ functional wellbeing, sleep quality, and anxiety/depression levels.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
Response: Our results showed that after participating in the yoga program for 12 weeks, there were significant decreases in patient-reported nausea and significant increases in reported energy levels. In addition, among those in the yoga program who had higher attendance rates, there was significantly more sleep efficiency reported after the 12-week course.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Hence, we feel that a yoga program such as this is feasible, with future plans to increase the duration of the program and the number of participants enrolled.
Chen T, Klein P, Xing T, et al. A yoga program for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy: Effects on quality of life and chemotherapy-associated symptoms. Presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, Texas; December 10-14, 2019. Abstract: P2-12-03.
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