Yoga Study Will Focus on Fatigue

Breast cancer survivors sought for research on whether it eases chronic exhaustion

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FRIDAY, April 16, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- Women who have completed breast cancer treatment and are experiencing persistent fatigue are being recruited for a study to examine whether yoga can improve their energy, mood and physical functioning.

The study by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center will include women, aged 45 to 65, who completed breast cancer treatment between one and five years ago. Women taking part in the study will do twice-weekly yoga sessions, participate in psychiatric interviews, complete questionnaires, and provide blood and saliva samples for immune and hormonal evaluation.

"We are interested in yoga because there are some compelling preliminary data that suggest the practice may be associated with improving mood and energy," Julie Bower, a researcher at the Jonsson Cancer Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, said in a prepared statement.

"We are collaborating with a local yoga instructor who has worked with breast cancer survivors and is very interested in doing a study to evaluate the potential benefits of yoga for this group," Bower said.

Women interested in volunteering for the study should phone Deborah Garet at 310-267-4423 to determine if they're eligible for the study.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about yoga.

SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles, news release, April 12, 2004

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