The Impact of Laughter Yoga on the Stress of Cancer Patients before Chemotherapy


Shadi Farifteh 1 , * , Alireza Mohammadi-Aria 2 , Alireza Kiamanesh 1 , Bahram Mofid 3

1 Dept. of Psychology, Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran

2 Dept. Educational Psychology, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Radiotherapy Group, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Farifteh S , Mohammadi-Aria A, Kiamanesh A, Mofid B. The Impact of Laughter Yoga on the Stress of Cancer Patients before Chemotherapy, Int J Cancer Manag. 2014 ; 7(4):e80554.


International Journal of Cancer Management: 7 (4); e80554
Published Online: December 31, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: November 28, 2013
Accepted: September 15, 2014


Background: Cancer is usually accompanied by considerable stress for the sufferer, and the stress has destructive effects on Chemotherapy treatment process. Therefore, the current research deals with the effect of yoga laughter on the cancer patients’ stress before chemotherapy.

Methods: In this research, as the first step, 37 cancer sufferers , who had been hospitalized in Shohada Tajrish Hospital (Behnam Daneshpoor Charity Organization) and had the requirements necessary for being taken as research samples, were selected for data collection. The mentioned patients were classified randomly in experimental and control groups. Collected data were analyzed by the multi-variable covariance analysis test.

Results: The results show there is a meaningful difference in the stress average before and after interference in the test group (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Laughter yoga can decrease the stress in cancer sufferers before chemotherapy.


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