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The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Yoga and Breast Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01230671
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 29, 2010
Last Update Posted : October 25, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, McGill University Health Centre/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

Brief Summary:
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer amongst Canadian women. Studies report that breast cancer patients are the most likely to use complementary medicine within the oncologic population. Yoga has become especially popular with this group as it promises to improve the mind, body and soul holistically. The investigators yoga program specifically focuses on rebuilding physical strength, increasing flexibility and reducing the pain and stress associated with the post-operative period. This study will examine how yoga can help improve the overall quality of life and its effects on the physical well-being of women with breast cancer. With positive statistical results, the investigators hope to implement yoga as part of their rehabilitation services at the Cedars Breast Clinic.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Breast Cancer Other: Yoga Phase 1

Detailed Description:

Proposed Intervention:

1-hour hatha yoga classes, once a week for a 12-week period. One class will be offered in French, another in English. The class will begin with approximately 10 minutes of pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation, followed by 30 minutes of yoga poses and ending with 10 minutes of sivasana (rest period.) The first couple of classes in the 12 week series will begin with restorative postures and will gradually progress to more gentle exercises. If health permits, the last couple of classes will involve some strengthening poses. A small portion of the class will work with the physical body in general and there will be a specific emphasis on the physical difficulties faced by most breast cancer patients, i.e. neck, chest, shoulders arms and hands.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Physical and Psychological Benefits of Yoga in Patients With Breast Cancer: A Feasibility Study
Study Start Date : August 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2013

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Breast Cancer

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Yoga
Patients in this arm will receive yoga therapy
Other: Yoga
A 12 week yoga session will be offered to women with breast cancer.

Placebo Comparator: No yoga
Patients will not have yoga in this arm

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Range of motion of the shoulders [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    The range of motion of the shoulders will be measured before and after the 12 week session and then compared.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Anxiety [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    The participants will fill in questionnaires (HADS and the Distress Thermometer) before and after the 12 week session and the results will be compared.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages between 18-70
  • Stage I to II breast cancer
  • Minimum of 6 weeks Post Operative status

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous/Current psychiatric history
  • Concurrently involved in a yoga program
  • Inability to undergo yoga training secondary to physical/health limitations outlined by the treating team

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01230671

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Canada, Quebec
Cedar's Breast Clinic, Royal Victoria Hospital
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3G 1A4
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dr. Sarkis Meterissian
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Responsible Party: Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University Health Centre/Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre Identifier: NCT01230671    
Other Study ID Numbers: 10-059-PSY
First Posted: October 29, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 25, 2013
Last Verified: October 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases