|Our specific aims in the proposed study are to:|
1. Examine the efficacy of a yoga program incorporated into the treatment schedule for women with breast cancer undergoing radiotherapy. Our primary aim will be to determine the extent to which the yoga program improves physical aspects of quality of life during and after treatment as compared to a stretching/relaxation or a waitlist control group.
2. Determine the effects of the yoga program on other aspects of adjustment. This will consist of examining fatigue, sleep disturbances, other aspects of quality of life (QOL), mental health, cost-effectiveness analysis, work and/or home productivity, and cortisol rhythmicity.
3. Identify some of the processes underlying the efficacy of the intervention. A cognitive-social model drawn from existing research on trauma and the management of life-threatening illnesses will be evaluated to identify factors that mediate and/or moderate the effects of the intervention and predict adjustment. We will evaluate cognitive/emotional processing, ability to find meaning in the illness experience, and spirituality.