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Feasibility of Mind-Body Movement Programs for Cancer Survivors

July 26, 2017 -
The Ohio State University recently evaluated mind-body movement exercise (MBME) classes (Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga) for cancer survivors at its Wexner Medical Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital in Columbus. In their project, 33 adult cancer survivors, with any cancer diagnosis participating in MBME classes.

Quality of life, sleep, depressive symptomatology, fatigue, stress, upper body strength, gait and balance, body mass index, heart rate, and blood pressure.

The current study was feasible because survivors were willing to participate and completed most of the questionnaires. Participants found these classes to be beneficial not only for exercise, but also for social support and social connectedness. Poor sleep quality was consistently reported by participants. MBME classes should be recommended to survivors and are beneficial for oncology practices to offer.

The researchers also made suggestion specifically for nurses: nurses should help patients and caregivers identify locations and times when MBME class participation is possible, assess MBME class participation during each clinic visit to promote continued involvement and to understand if positive effects are occurring, and continue to provide support for MBME classes throughout the survivorship experience.

The study is reported by Oncology Nursing Society newsletter in July, 2017.




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