A Pilot Study of a Breathing Training Exercise to Reduce Chronic Shortness of Breath

Full Title

Breath Training Exercise for the Reduction of Chronic Dyspnea: A Pilot Study


The purpose of this study is to see if a breathing training exercise can help reduce chronic shortness of breath (dyspnea) in patients with chronic lung conditions (such as those with a history of lung tumors), whether the patients like the exercise, and if a larger study of this technique is warranted. The breathing exercise is based on breathing techniques derived from yoga practices that have been shown to help some patients with dyspnea feel less short of breath.

Participants will learn the exercise during a 30-minute individual or group lesson. They will then be asked to practice the exercise at home for 15 minutes twice a day every day for six weeks, and report to the study organizers during a weekly phone call how they are doing.


This study is open to English-speaking patients with at least moderate shortness of breath who are age 18 or older. Patients who had lung cancer must have completed treatment at least 6 months before entering the study.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Gary Deng at 646-888-0841.