International Journal of Yoga

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47--53

Effectiveness of pranayama on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy: A randomized controlled trial


Jyothi Chakrabarty1, MS Vidyasagar2, Donald Fernandes2, Ganapathi Joisa3, Prabha Varghese4, Sreemathi Mayya5 
1 Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal, India
2 Department of Radiotherapy and Oncolgy KH Manipal, Manipal, India
3 Department of Yoga KH Manipal, Manipal, India
4 ICMR project staff, Kasturba Hospital Manipal, Manipal, India
5 Department of Statistics, Manipal University, Manipal, India

Correspondence Address:
Jyothi Chakrabarty
Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
India

Context: Incidence of breast cancer is very high among women around the world. Breast cancer patients experience cancer-related fatigue at some points during the treatment for breast cancer. Since cancer-related fatigue is of multifactorial origin, there are no evidence-based treatment strategies for fatigue. This study tested the effectiveness of certain pranayama techniques in reducing cancer-related fatigue among breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Aims: The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of pranayama on cancer-related fatigue among breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy as measured by cancer fatigue scale. Settings and Design: Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Kasturba Hospital Manipal. Materials and Methods: Study was a randomized controlled trial done among breast cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. Statistical Analysis Used: Demographic characteristics of the participants are presented as frequency and percentage. Comparison of means of cancer-related fatigue between the two groups is done by Mann-Whitney U-test and comparison of pre- and post-test means of cancer-related fatigue among the experimental group is done by Wilcoxon sign rank test. Results: There was a significant difference between the two groups with regard to the scores of cancer-related fatigue. The experimental group of patients who performed pranayama along with radiation therapy experienced less fatigue. Conclusions: Pranayama can be used as a supportive therapy for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.


How to cite this article:
Chakrabarty J, Vidyasagar M S, Fernandes D, Joisa G, Varghese P, Mayya S. Effectiveness of pranayama on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy: A randomized controlled trial.Int J Yoga 2015;8:47-53


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Chakrabarty J, Vidyasagar M S, Fernandes D, Joisa G, Varghese P, Mayya S. Effectiveness of pranayama on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy: A randomized controlled trial. Int J Yoga [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 May 16 ];8:47-53
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