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
This study is published in the June
2011 issue of Support Cancer Care.