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Ann Behav Med. 2015 Apr;49(2):165-76. doi: 10.1007/s12160-014-9645-4.

Randomized controlled trial of Qigong/Tai Chi Easy on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors.

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College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University, 500 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85004, USA, Linda.Larkey@asu.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Many breast cancer survivors experience fatigue, mood, and sleep disturbances.

PURPOSE:

This study aims to compare a meditative movement practice, Qigong/Tai Chi Easy (QG/TCE) with sham Qigong (SQG), testing effects of meditation/breath aspects of QG/TCE on breast cancer survivors' persistent fatigue and other symptoms.

METHODS:

This double-blind, randomized controlled trial tested 12 weeks of QG/TCE versus SQG on fatigue, depression, and sleep among 87 postmenopausal, fatigued breast cancer survivors, stages 0-III, age 40-75.

RESULTS:

Fatigue decreased significantly in the QG/TCE group compared to control at post-intervention (p = 0.005) and 3 months follow-up (p = 0.024), but not depression and sleep quality. Improvement occurred over time for both interventions in depression and sleep quality (all p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

QG/TCE showed significant improvement over time compared to SQG for fatigue, but not depression or sleep. Both QG/TCE and SQG showed improvement for two prevalent symptoms among breast cancer survivors, depression and sleep dysfunction.

PMID:
25124456
PMCID:
PMC4329282
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-014-9645-4
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