Effectiveness of pranayama on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy: A randomized controlled trial

Chakrabarty, Jyothi and Vidyasagar, MS and Fernandes, Donald and Joisa, Ganapathi and Varghese, Prabha and Mayya, Shreemathi S (2015) Effectiveness of pranayama on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Yoga, 8 (1). pp. 47-53. ISSN 0973-6131

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Abstract

Context: Incidence of breast cancer is very high among women around the world. Breast cancer patients experience cancerrelated fatigue at some points during the treatment for breast cancer. Since cancer-related fatigue is of multifactorial origin, there are no evidence-based treatment strategies for fatigue. This study tested the effectiveness of certain pranayama techniques in reducing cancer-related fatigue among breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Aims: The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of pranayama on cancer-related fatigue among breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy as measured by cancer fatigue scale. Settings and Design: Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Kasturba Hospital Manipal. Materials and Methods: Study was a randomized controlled trial done among breast cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. Statistical Analysis Used: Demographic characteristics of the participants are presented as frequency and percentage. Comparison of means of cancer-related fatigue between the two groups is done by Mann–Whitney U-test and comparison of pre- and post-test means of cancer-related fatigue among the experimental group is done by Wilcoxon sign rank test. Results: There was a significant difference between the two groups with regard to the scores of cancer-related fatigue. The experimental group of patients who performed pranayama along with radiation therapy experienced less fatigue. Conclusions: Pranayama can be used as a supportive therapy for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breast cancer; cancer-related fatigue; pranayama; radiation therapy.
Subjects: Departments at MU > Statistics
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Medical Surgical
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Radiotherapy and Oncology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Yoga
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 04:29
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2016 09:32
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/141241

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