Yoga for Children and Adolescents After Completing Cancer Treatment.

Author: Hooke MC1, Gilchrist L2, Foster L2, Langevin M2, Lee J3.
1University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, MN, USA Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA 2Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. 3University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Conference/Journal: J Pediatr Oncol Nurs.
Date published: 2015 Feb 2
Other: Word Count: 176

Survivors of childhood cancer may experience persistent symptoms, including fatigue, sleep disturbance, and balance impairment. Yoga is a complementary therapy that improves fatigue, sleep, and quality of life in adult cancer survivors. Using a one group, repeated measures design, we evaluated the feasibility of a yoga program and assessed if cancer survivor participants ages 10 to 17 years (n = 13) had significantly less fatigue and anxiety, and better balance and sleep, after a 6-week yoga intervention compared with a 6-week pre-intervention wait period. Study recruitment was challenging with a 32% enrollment rate; yoga attendance was 90%. None of the scores for anxiety, fatigue, sleep, and balance had significant changes during the wait period. After the 6-week yoga program, children (n = 7) had a significant decrease in anxiety score (P = .04) while adolescent scores (n = 7) showed a decreasing trend (P = .10). Scores for fatigue, sleep, and balance remained stable post-intervention. Fatigue and balance scores were below norms for health children/adolescents while sleep and anxiety scores were similar to healthy peers.
© 2015 by Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses.
pediatric cancer; survivorship; symptoms; yoga
PMID: 25643973