Yoga Program for Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
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The goal of this behavioral research study is to learn the opinion of patients and their caregivers about a couple-based Hatha Yoga program (Group 1) during treatment for cancer. Researchers also want to learn the effect of this program on lung function, distress, biological function, and quality of life.

You and your caregiver/family member will have about a 50/50 chance of being assigned to each group. The groups are randomly assigned, but it is also based on other factors such as your age and the status of the disease.

Additional Information

Caregiver Required: Yes

Protocol Title: Couple-Based Yoga Program for Lung Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers

Age Range: 18 Years and older

Who is Eligible?: Inclusion Criteria:

Patients with lung cancer stages I through IIIB who are going to receive at least 5 weeks of daily thoracic radiation therapy with or without chemotherapy in the Department of Radiation Oncology at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) and have an eligible and consenting family caregiver living with the patient while he/she receives treatment (i.e., adult child, sibling, parent).
Patients and caregivers must both be at least 18 years old and able to give informed consent.
Patients and caregivers must be able to read, write, and speak English.
Patient and caregiver must be willing to be videotaped.

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients and caregivers who are not oriented to time, place, and person.
Patients who have regularly practiced yoga in the year prior to recruitment.
Patients who have an ECOG performance status score greater than 2 at time of recruitment.