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Yoga in Controlling Symptoms and Reducing Stress in Women With Ovarian Cancer or Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Wake Forest University Health Sciences Identifier:
First received: June 13, 2006
Last updated: April 4, 2017
Last verified: September 2015

RATIONALE: Yoga may improve symptoms and quality of life and reduce stress in patients with ovarian cancer or breast cancer and may help them live more comfortably.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well yoga works in controlling symptoms and reducing stress in women with ovarian cancer or breast cancer.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Psychosocial Effects of Cancer and Its Treatment
Procedure: yoga therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Restorative Yoga for Symptom Management and Stress Reduction in Women With Ovarian Cancer

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Further study details as provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fatigue as measured by the FACT-Fatigue subscale [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
  • Psychological distress as measured by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
  • Positive affect as measured by the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
  • Quality of life as measured by Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy (FACT-O) for patients with ovarian cancer or FACT-B for patients with breast cancer [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]

Enrollment: 106
Study Start Date: January 2004
Study Completion Date: November 2016
Primary Completion Date: November 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Procedure: yoga therapy
    10 week yoga class
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the feasibility of implementing a restorative yoga intervention as a complementary supportive therapy for women with ovarian or breast cancer.
  • Measure changes in fatigue, psychosocial distress (anxiety, depression), psychological well-being (positive emotions), and overall quality of life from baseline to completion of the study treatment.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot study.

Patients undergo a 75-minute restorative yoga session once a week for 10 weeks.

Patients complete questionnaires regarding fatigue, psychological distress (anxiety, depression), positive affect, and quality of life at baseline, immediately after the final yoga session, and then at 2 months after the final yoga session.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer

    • Must be 2-24 months post-primary treatment (e.g., surgery) for breast cancer and/or have had a recurrence of breast cancer within the past 24 months
    • Must be 3-24 months post-primary treatment (e.g., surgery) for ovarian cancer and/or have had a recurrence of ovarian cancer within the past 24 months
  • Hormone receptor status not specified


  • Female
  • Menopausal status not specified
  • Zubrod performance status 0-3
  • No medical contraindications
  • Understands written and spoken English


  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00337233

United States, North Carolina
Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States, 27157-1096
Sponsors and Collaborators
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Suzanne C. Danhauer, PhD Wake Forest University Health Sciences
  More Information

Responsible Party: Wake Forest University Health Sciences Identifier: NCT00337233     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000481279
Study First Received: June 13, 2006
Last Updated: April 4, 2017

Keywords provided by Wake Forest University Health Sciences:
psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment
recurrent breast cancer
stage I breast cancer
stage II breast cancer
stage IIIA breast cancer
stage IIIB breast cancer
stage IIIC breast cancer
stage IV breast cancer
recurrent ovarian epithelial cancer
recurrent ovarian germ cell tumor
stage I ovarian epithelial cancer
stage I ovarian germ cell tumor
stage II ovarian epithelial cancer
stage II ovarian germ cell tumor
stage III ovarian epithelial cancer
stage III ovarian germ cell tumor
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IV ovarian germ cell tumor

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Ovarian Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders
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