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Qigong Helps Fatigue and Sleep Quality for Lymphoma Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy
August 19, 2016 -
In its August, 2016 issue, European journal of oncology nursing published a study from Taiwan that evaluates the effects of Chan-Chuang Qigong exercise in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients who were undergoing chemotherapy on fatigue intensity and sleep quality. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (sometimes called NHL or just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body's immune system.

The study was a single-centered, controlled randomized study. One hundred and eight subjects were randomly assigned to the Qigong group or control group (54 in each group). The Qigong group received Chan-Chuang Qigong exercise 20-min twice daily for 21 days in the course of the chemotherapy treatment, whereas the control group without special exercise intervention. Outcome measures included fatigue and sleep quality.

After the three-week intervention, participants who were in the Qigong group had lower fatigue intensity scores than those in the control group. The results of generalized estimating equations (GEE) analyses showed a significant group-by-time interaction effect in average fatigue, worse fatigue, and overall sleep quality. The average fatigue, worse fatigue, and overall sleep quality significantly decreased over time in the qigong group.

The results mean that Chan-Chuang Qigong exercise could be regarded as an adjunct measure in clinical practice. This study cannot completely discount the possible influence of placebo effects, and more objective clinical outcome measures are needed to produce our findings with long-term follow-up in a randomized controlled study.


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