Vanderbilt launches yoga study for cancer survivors

Researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tenn. are studying the potential impact of yoga on cancer survivors' quality of life.

The pilot study will measure patients' physical, mental and emotional well-being following a series of yoga classes.

"Adult cancer survivors often report an impaired quality of life following treatment, including fatigue, problems with sleep and psychosocial issues," said Debra L. Friedman, leader, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Cancer Control and Prevention Program. "Despite the tremendous implications of having an impaired quality of life, few investigators have staged interventions aimed at improving these measures among a group of cancer survivors."

Participants will be observed over a 10-week period.