Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology

At Children’s, our priority is research that can result in clinical benefits for children, adolescents and young adults. There are more than 100 actively enrolling research studies in the blood disorders and cancer program and the majority of our patients are enrolled in one or more clinical trials.

Among recent research conducted at Children’s:

Peaceful Play Yoga: Serenity and Balance for Children with Cancer and Their Parents

Children’s researchers – including Megan V. Thygeson, BA; Mary C. Hooke, PhD, RN, CNS, CPON; Jeanine Clapsaddle, MA, LAMFT, CCLS; Angela Robbins, MS, RN, CNP; and Kristin Moquist, MA, RN, CNP, CPON – performed a study to determine whether or not yoga would relieve symptoms such as distress and anxiety that typically accompany cancer and its treatment. Yoga is a complementary intervention that has physiological and psychological benefits in healthy children and healthy and chronically ill adults. Children, teens and adolescents and parents participated in a single yoga class, and researchers used the Spielberger State Anxiety Scale to gauge pre- and post-class sense of well-being. All participants experienced significant decreases in anxiety scores and all gave positive feedback about the experience. This study was published by the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.