Randomised clinical trial: impact of medical qigong on wellbeing of women with breast cancer after adjuvant chemotherapy

Start Year: 2010
Finish Year: 2010
Chief Investigator: Professor Stephen Clarke
Grant Type: Other
Institution: Concord Repatriation General Hospital

NICM Complementary and Integrated Medicine Grant

The treatment of breast cancer has improved markedly in the past fifty years, with a considerably improved survival. However, standard cancer treatments still have significant short and long-term psychological and physical side effects such as reductions in quality of life. Research suggests that up to 84% of people with breast cancer are using complementary medicines.

This study aimed to evaluate, in a randomised controlled trial, the potential effects of a set of medical qigong practices (mind/body medicine) on quality of life, fatigue, cognitive function and satisfaction with sexual life, in 170 women with breast cancer, aged 18 years and over who completed adjuvant chemotherapy treatment.

The comparison intervention will participate in a supportive educational program for women with breast cancer. This trial is urgently needed and is timely because at present, many cancer patients invest much time and money in choosing to use complementary medicines. Further, these findings can be used to develop guidelines for comprehensive cancer care programs including complementary medicine in hospitals.