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Medical Qigong May Improve Cancer Patientsí Cognitive Function
June 28, 2011 -
Cancer patients often experience diminished cognitive function and quality of life due to the side effects of treatment and the disease symptoms. A study by Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney of Australia evaluates the effects of Medical Qigong on cognitive function, quality of life, and inflammation in cancer patients.
In this study, 81 cancer patients recruited between October 2007 and May 2008 were randomly assigned to two groups: a control group (44 assignees) who received the usual health care and an intervention group (37 assignees) who participated in a 10-week Medical Qigong program. Self-reported cognitive function was measured by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC-CF) and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Cognitive(FACT-Cog). The Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General was used to measure quality of life. C-reactive protein (CRP) was assessed as a biomarker of inflammation.
The Medical Qigong group self-reported significantly improved cognitive function in the EORTC-CF and all the FACT-Cog subscales, impact of perceived cognitive impairment on quality of life, and perceived cognitive abilities compared to controls. The Medical Qigong group also reported significantly improved quality of life and had reduced CRP levels compared to controls.
Results suggest that Medical Qigong benefits cancer patients' self-reported cognitive function, quality of life, and inflammation. A larger randomized controlled trial including an objective assessment of cognitive function is planned.
This study is published in the June 2011 issue of Support Cancer Care.





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