Dyadic yoga intervention for patient with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy and their family caregivers
The goal of this behavioral research study is to learn if a partner-based yoga program can be used during treatment for cancer, and to learn the opinion of patients and their caregivers about the program. Caregivers can be informal family caregivers such as spouse, romantic partner, adult child, or sibling, and if needed, an alternate caregiver can rotate in if the first one is unavailable to attend. If you are an alternate caregiver, you will be asked to sign this consent form as well. If the patient you are caring for does not agree to take part in this study, you cannot take part. Researchers also want to learn if and how this program affects any fatigue, sleep difficulties, depression symptoms, and overall quality of life. For comparison purposes, some participants will be assigned to take part in this program and others will not complete the program.
Disease Group: Malignant neoplasms of lip oral cavity and pharynx
Treatment Agent: Questionnaire,Yoga
Treatment Location: Only at MDACC
Primary Aim: Examine the feasibility of a dyadic yoga program in 40 Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) patients undergoing radiotherapy (RT) and their family caregivers. Secondary Aims: 1. Establish the initial efficacy of the yoga program in patients and their caregivers regarding quality of life (QOL) outcomes (i.e., fatigue, sleep disturbance, depressive symptoms, and overall QOL) and objective performance outcomes (i.e, sit to stand test and grip strength).
IRB Review and Approval Date: 04/11/2017
Recruitment Status: Open
Projected Accrual: N/A
1) (Patients) Diagnosed with a primary HNC and going to receive at least
4 weeks of RT with at least 20 fractions
2) (Patients) ECOG performance status of 2 or lower
3) (Patients) having an informal family caregiver (spouse, romantic partner, adult child, or sibling) who is willing to participate. If patients do not have one consistent primary caregiver for the duration of the study, they may be accompanied to the yoga sessions by an alternate caregiver who meets eligibility criteria.
4) (Patients and Caregivers) must be (1) at least 18 years old
5) (Patients and Caregivers) able to read and speak English
6) (Patients and Caregivers) able to provide informed consent
1) (Patients) regularly (self-defined) participated in a yoga practice
in the year prior to diagnosis
2) (Patients) cognitive deficits that would impede the completion of self-report instruments as deemed by the clinical team
Information and next steps
Malignant neoplasms of lip oral cavity and pharynx
Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine
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