Survivors with breast cancer often report deficits in quality of life (QOL), including fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, which persist after treatment ends. One ofthe CAM modalities that breast cancer sun/ivors choose is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based practice of Qigong. We propose to test potential effects of a set of Medical Qigong practices on QOL in survivors of Stage I or II (Including Stage III for study B) breast cancer, and age 40-70 (and up toi age 75 for Study B) Survivors who are 6 months to 5 years past treatment for breast cancer, and who meet eligibility criteria for cancer-related, persistent fatigue are randomized to a 3-month intervention, either (a) a series of gentle Medical Qigong (MQ) exercises developed and supervised by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine/Master of Qigong and specifically designed for women recovering from breast cancer; or (b) a series of Restful Movement (RM) exercises, which are stretches and movements based on both the Lebed method of rehabilitation and lymphedema-preventative exercises for breast cancer survivors. Over the course of the study, we intend to enroll 30 participants in each group. The Restful Movement protocol will de-emphasize cultivationt of Qi (that Is, do not include breath training nor teach about moving/allowing Qi flow that is central to Qigong practice). Primary endpoints are being assessed using (a) a Multidimensional Fatigue Scale; and (b) objective measures of cognitive performance including Digit-Span and Letter/Number Sequencing tests of attention and working memory.
|Effective start/end date||3/1/09 → 8/31/10|
- HHS: National Institutes of Health (NIH): $165,585.00