A research study is being conducted at the Cancer Clinic, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, and University of Oslo, Norway. The target group is women with breast cancer. It is a controlled and randomized trial with 60 patients in each arm of the study. At recruitment, patients are randomly assigned either to an education program, or the education program plus the 10-day Sudarshan Kriya and related Practices (SK&P) program. The measurements are made at the time of recruitment, after the SK&P intervention, and six months after the SK&P intervention. The rates of psychological disturbances, such as depression, anxiety, and stress, are being evaluated by standard self-report questionnaires. Saliva samples are taken to measure the stress hormone cortisol. Blood is taken to measure proinflammatory cytokine production plus components of the antioxidant enzyme system. The first results are expected in 2013.
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