Feasibility, Acceptability, and Efficacy of a Yoga Intervention for Distress in Women with Gynecologic, Gastrointestinal, or Thoracic Cancer


This study will test the feasibility and acceptability of a yoga program for women with gynecologic, gastrointestinal (GI), or thoracic malignancies. This study will pilot an integrative yoga intervention that combines Western psychotherapeutic approaches with classic yogic philosophy to reduce emotional distress among women undergoing treatment for gynecologic, gastrointestinal (GI), or thoracic cancer and provide a comprehensive approach to stress management across the cancer care continuum.


Yoga Intervention: The intervention, "Stilling the Waters of Uncertainty: A yoga program for women with gynecologic cancer," is a 10-week, manualized, group yoga program. Sessions are 60 minutes in duration, once a week, across the course of 10 weeks. The 10-week program is comprised of five modules, each of which will take two sessions to complete: (1) Getting Started, (2) Cultivating a Mindful Attitude, (3) Self-Care and Compassion, (4) Finding Peace and Acceptance, and (5) The Power of the Present Moment.


  • Ages 18 years old or older
  • Presence of newly diagnosed, pathology-confirmed: (a) gynecologic cancer (e.g., cancer of the ovaries, cervix, endometrium, fallopian tubes), any stage, or (b) borderline ovarian tumor, Stage II-III
  • Undergoing (or have recently undergone) surgery and/or active cancer treatment (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, a combination of these treatments and/or another form of cancer treatment)
  • Able to read and write in English


For additional study information, please reach out to Deidre Pereira:


18 to 65
65 and over




Thoracic Cancer, Yoga

Principal Investigator

Deidre B Pereira, Ph.D.


Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

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