Impact of yoga on quality of life for adolescent and young adult non-curative cancer patients: A pilot study
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Four young adult non-curative cancer patients participated in a 7-week home-based Hatha yoga program, completing measures of quality of life (QOL) and program satisfaction. On average, participants engaged in 71.2 minutes per session while adhering to 45% (3.14/7 sessions) of requested frequency, with participants engaging in an average of 71.2 minutes per weekly session. No adverse events were reported. Although no significant changes in QOL were found, meaningful trends were noted. Improved scores were reported for all four participants on functional well-being (p =.066); the Palliative Care Subscale; (p = 0.68); and Meaning and Peace (p = 0.066). Participants noted improvements in flexibility and mindfulness and found the program to be an opportunity to promote self-care. While these preliminary findings are positive, further exploration using larger samples and more rigorous study designs is required.