Project Title: Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy in the Management of Cancer
Principal Investigator: Dr. H. R. Nagendra
Objective 1. Can Yoga reduce the side effects in patients undergoing Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer.
2. Does Yoga bring about a favorable immune modulation in Breast Cancer patients undergoing Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy.
3. Can Yoga improve the quality of life of patients with Breast Cancer undergoing Conventional Treatment.
Methodology : 143 subjects who satisfied the inclusion criteria (stage II and III Ca Breast) after a thorough screening and who gave their informed consent to participate in the study were randomly allocated into Yoga and Control groups.
59 Cases were allocated to the Control group and 48 cases were allocated to the Yoga group. Subjects in both the groups were matched for their age (35 to 70 years) and stage of disease and received primary treatment as surgery with radiotherapy and chemotherapy as adjuvant treatments. Baseline assessments were taken prior to surgery and subsequent assessments were carried out before, during and after Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy.
Assessments included structured questionnaires for assessing affective states, symptom scores, pain scores, quality of life, Nausea and Emesis and blood draws were carried out during treatment intervals for hematology, biochemistry, hormonal and immune assays. Intervention group received тАЬIntegrated Approach of Yoga TherapyтАЭ and Controls received тАЬSupportive CounsellingтАЭ with the intention of removing Social Support as a confounding variable in this study.
Observation/ The study concluded that daily practice of IAYT during
Conclusion : conventional treatment conferred positive benefits in terms of
1. Decrease in affective states and psychological morbidity
2. Improved coping response.
3. Decreased distress.
4. Reduced side effects! toxicity of conventional treatment.
5. Improved Quality of life.
6. Reduced immune suppression.
7. Increased nathral killer cell counts.
8. Reduced IgA levels.
9. Increased soluble interleukin 2 Receptor levels.
10. Increased pain thresholds.
In this study yoga therapy not only conferred physical, functional and psychological benefits to the cancer patients but also bought about desirable immunomodulatory effects, which enhance survival and tumor lysis in these patients.