Yoga for Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Curative Cancer Patients
Adolescents and young adults who are living with cancer are not benefiting from the same age-appropriate physical and psychosocial care, as are children and older adults. As a result, their unique needs often go unmet or unaddressed. Studies have demonstrated that a lack of age-appropriate care may be responsible for a deceased quality of life. Studies have also shown that physical activity is able to reduce many of the negative side-effects linked to cancer and its treatment (e.g., nausea, vomiting, fatigue). A light form of physical activity that is both safe and manageable for cancer patients is yoga. The purpose of this study is to examine the achievability and safety of a light 7-week home/hospice-based Hatha yoga program (available on DVD) in the adolescent and young adult non-curative cancer population. This study will also examine the ability of yoga to reduce cancer related side effects.
|Study Design:||Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Impact of Yoga on Quality of Life for Adolescent and Young Adult Non-Curative Cancer Patients: A Pilot Study|
- Feasibility: Recruitment [ Time Frame: Final: end of week 7 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Recruitment will be calculated by the number of patients who consent to participate, divided by the number of eligible participants recommended by the primary oncologist/physician.
- Feasibility: Retention [ Time Frame: Final: end of week 7 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Retention: Will be determined by reporting the number of participants who complete the baseline and post-program questionnaire and follow-up testing.
- Feasibility: Adherence [ Time Frame: Final: end of week 7 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Adherence: Participants will be asked to record the number of yoga sessions performed each week. Overall adherence will be calculated by summing the actual number of sessions the participant engaged in, divided by the recommended number of sessions.
- Safety [ Time Frame: Final: end of week 7 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Safety: Any adverse events reported by the participant will be recorded.
- Changes in Quality of Life [ Time Frame: Baseline: week 1; Final: week 7 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Participants will be asked to complete the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Palliative Care subscale (FACIT-Pal) and the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Spiritual Well-Being subscale (FACIT-Sp) at baseline and post-intervention.
|Study Start Date:||September 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||November 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Hatha Yoga Program
Single-arm pilot study of a 7-week home/hospice-based Hatha yoga program for adolescent and young adults with non-curative cancer.
Behavioral: Hatha Yoga
This is a 7-week home/hospice-based instructive Hatha yoga program (available on DVD) for adolescent and young adults diagnosed with a non-curative cancer. Participants will be asked to complete a minimum of one, 75-minute yoga session per week. The DVD package includes four discs that increase in difficulty over the course of the 7-week program. The DVD focuses on postures and breathing exercises. Participants will be asked to keep track of the number and duration of yoga sessions completed over the 7-week period.
|Contact: Hillary Woodside, MSc (candidate)||(902) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Melanie Keats, PhD||(902) email@example.com|
|Canada, Nova Scotia|
|Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2|
|Contact: Hillary Woodside, MSc (candidate) (902) 494-2579 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact: Melanie Keats, PhD (902) 494-7173 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator: Rob Rutledge, MD, FRCPC|
|Principal Investigator:||Rob Rutledge, MD, FRCPC||Capital District Health Authority, Halifax, Canada|