If you have undergone cancer treatment and if you have trouble with:

  • Excessive daytime napping
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Waking up earlier than you would like
You may be eligible for a clinical research study on the treatment of insomnia for cancer survivors.

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness of Yoga, general survivorship education and non-medication strategies for treatment of sleep problems in cancer survivors. Non-medication strategies are techniques to improve sleep-interfering behaviors and thinking. General survivorship education is the treatment currently provided by your medical professionals. Approximately 630 cancer patients across the U.S. will take part.

What is involved in this study?

If you meet all the eligibility criteria, you will be randomly assigned to one of three groups.
Randomization means that you are put into a group by chance. Neither you nor the researcher will choose what group you will be in. You will have an equal chance of being placed in any group.

One group will be attending Yoga sessions twice a week for four weeks. The second group will be attending a general survivorship education session twice a week for four weeks. The third group will learn non-medication strategies once a week for eight weeks.

All participants will have five assessment periods where you will need to come in for appointments with a Cancer Research staff member.

Study procedures you will be asked to complete:

  • Paper questionnaires
  • Six-minute walk test
  • Handgrip strength test
  • Wrist and waist worn activity monitors (measures energy expenditure)
  • Fasting blood draw
  • Daily diary

You may be eligible for this nation-wide clinical trial if you:

  • Have had a diagnosis of cancer without spread to other areas;
  • Have completed surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or any combination of cancer treatments WITHIN THE LAST 2 – 60 MONTHS
  • If you are continuing to receive hormonal therapy or biologic therapy, that is acceptable;
  • Have moderate to severe sleep problems
  • Have not regularly practiced Yoga one or more times a week for the last three months; and
  • Be able to read and understand English
If you are interested in participating, contact HSHS St. Vincent Research Institute: The HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Research Institute is participating in this clinical trial through the University of Rochester Cancer Center and are both funded by the NCI.  For more information about this clinical trial or other available clinical trials, please contact HSHS St. Vincent Cancer Research Institute at 920-433-8889.

Sleep problems are a commonly reported side effect of cancer treatment in patients.

By volunteering to participate, you will be helping yourself and future patients take informed action against this side effect.
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