Pediatric Cancer QoL Improved with Yoga Intervention

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Fairly high levels of interest were demonstrated by patients and family members in this pilot program.
Fairly high levels of interest were demonstrated by patients and family members in this pilot program.

HealthDay News -- According to a study published in Rehabilitation Oncology, a pilot yoga intervention is feasible for improving pediatric cancer patients' and parents' quality of life.

Andrea Orsey, MD, from the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, and colleagues conducted two separate studies to examine the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a yoga intervention for pediatric cancer patients in active treatment and their families. 

Twenty patients and parents were surveyed in relation to preferences, experiences and expectations regarding yoga, and an 8-week single-arm yoga intervention clinical trial was conducted in 10 children and their family members.

The researchers found that fairly high levels of interest were demonstrated by patients and family members in the first study. In the second study, there were improvements noted in patients' and parents' quality of life after they participated in the yoga intervention.

"Our findings support the notion that yoga for pediatric cancer patients during active treatment is feasible and potentially helpful in improving both patients' and parents' well-being," the authors write.

Reference

Orsey AD, et al. "Results of a Pilot Yoga Intervention to Improve Pediatric Cancer Patients' Quality of Life and Physical Activity and Parents' Well-Being." Rehabilitation Oncology. 2017;35(1): 15-23. doi: 10.1097/01.REO.0000000000000052

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