Researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital want to investigate the feasibility of
a yoga intervention for adolescents receiving treatment for lymphoma or leukemia.
Adolescents who participate in the program may experience improved physical and psychosocial
measures. Improvements in these areas may increase participation in meaningful activity and
improve quality of life.
Adolescents diagnosed with cancer may experience more fatigue, anxiety and pain during
treatment. Yoga is considered a complementary alternative medicine (CAM) that has been
implemented into some pediatric oncology rehabilitation programs and has been shown to be
beneficial in both inpatient and outpatient settings. It may decrease anxiety and increase
quality of life and hamstring flexibility in teens.
- To determine the feasibility of yoga intervention for adolescents during lymphoma and
OTHER PRE-SPECIFIED OBJECTIVE:
- To obtain pilot data regarding efficacy of yoga on pain, quality of life, fatigue and
Those who consent to participate will participate in 60-minute yoga sessions 2-3 times per
week for 4-6 weeks. Only specified yoga poses will be implemented during the classes.
The study will be done in three parts: initial evaluation, yoga therapy, and follow-up
INITIAL EVALUATION: Participants will complete the PedsQL Cancer Module questionnaire and
the PedsQL Multidimensional Fatigue Scale questionnaire. Physical performance including
quadriceps strength, grip strength, hamstring flexibility, and balance, will be assessed.
YOGA THERAPY: The principal investigator (PI) is a certified yoga therapist (CYT) and is a
registered yoga teacher with 500 hours of training (RYT 500). Participants will take part in
a 60-minute yoga session conducted by the PI 2-3 times a week for 4-6 weeks, during which
time they must complete 8-12 yoga sessions. The yoga intervention includes these parts:
warm-up, strengthening, increasing hamstring flexibility, balance and relaxation. Yoga poses
will be used for each yoga session from a predetermined roster depending on individual
adolescent abilities. This will allow for a tailored but standardized yoga intervention.
Modifications including chairs, straps and blocks will be allowed to promote appropriate
form and use of these props will be recorded. Immediately before and after each yoga
session, the therapist will record pain with the verbal numeric pain scale.
FOLLOW-UP EVALUATIONS: After completion of the 4-6 weeks of yoga therapy, participants will
complete all assessments and physical performance measures that were done in the initial
- Patient being treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Diagnosis of lymphoma or leukemia as documented in medical record
- Physician approval to participate in intervention
- Ages 13-17 years
- Ability to come to standing from seated position without assistance
- Parent or legal guardian consent
- Adolescent gives assent
- English speaking
- Participant not planning on remaining at St Jude for at least 4 weeks
- Cognitive impairment that prevents participant from answering questions in