Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a combined therapeutic yoga and resistance exercise intervention for individuals with lung cancer and their caregivers

Shreya Rewar
2018
Purpose: The aim of the study was to determine the feasibility of a combined therapeutic yoga and resistance exercise intervention for individuals with lung cancer and their caregivers Methods: A pilot feasibility study measuring recruitment rate, completion rate, intervention adherence and adverse events was conducted from May 2017 to December 2017. Participants and their caregivers were recruited from Cross Cancer Institute outpatient clinics and through selfreferral. An 8-week intervention
more » ... s conducted comprising therapeutic yoga and resistance exercise. The primary outcome for individuals with lung cancer was dyspnea. Secondary outcomes included quality of life, fatigue, chest expansion, muscular strength, pulmonary function and shoulder range of motion. The outcomes for caregivers were quality of life, fatigue and muscle strength. Post-study interviews were conducted to inform a future study. Results: The findings support feasibility with high recruitment and completion rates of 85% and 78% respectively. Adherence to the yoga and resistance intervention was 87%. There were no adverse events during testing or intervention sessions. For individuals with lung cancer, a significant difference was found from baseline to post-intervention in outcomes of dyspnea (p=0.01), fatigue (p=0.02), muscular strength (p<0.05) and chest expansion at xiphisternum (p=0.03). For caregivers, a significant difference was found from baseline to post-intervention in symptoms of fatigue (p=0.04).
doi:10.7939/r3mc8rz2w fatcat:5j2ywycizfcxhbsm3n6qq56cri