Qigong benefits breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

A preliminary study from Taiwan suggests that both static and moving forms of qigong practice are beneficial for breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

. A quasi-experimental design was applied to the study of 95 females who were receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. Participants were assigned to three groups; the control group undertook a post-surgical exercise programme; the non-sporting qigong (NSQG) group performed a meditative breathing exercise while either sitting or standing; and the sporting qigong (SQG) group performed tai chi-like moving qigong exercises. Patients performed their exercises for at least 30 minutes, three times per week for 12 weeks. At one and three months after beginning the program, patients in the SQG group showed lower frailty scores than those in the control group. At three months from baseline, patients in the NSQG group also reported lower frailty scores and higher mental QOL than those in the control group.

Effects of non-sporting and sporting qigong on frailty and quality of life among breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2015 Nov 21. pii: S1462-3889(15)30043-0..


 

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