Effects of Qigong training on health-related quality of life, functioning, and cancer-related symptoms in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer: A pilot study

Shirley Siu Ming FONG, Sheung Mei Shamay NG, W. S. LUK, Ming Yan CHUNG, Janet Yuen Ha WONG, Wai Yee Joanne CHUNG

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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate the effects of Qigong intervention on quality of life (QOL), health-related functioning, and cancerrelated symptoms in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC). Twenty-five survivors of NPC were included in the experimental group (mean age ± SD: 55.4 ± 7.5 years) and 27 in the control group (mean age ± SD: 58.7 ± 9.5 years). The experimental group underwent a weekly 1.5-hour Qigong training program and an identical home program (three times/week) for six months. The control group received no training. Global health status/QOL, functioning, and cancer-related symptoms were assessed by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30 and QLQ-H&N35 questionnaires before training began, after three months of Qigong training, at the end of the six-month Qigong intervention (i.e., posttest), and six months posttest. Intention-to-treat analysis revealed no statistically (P > 0.05) or clinically significant improvement in global health status/QOL, functioning, or symptoms in either group. The experimental group had 45.8% fewer sense-related (smell and taste) problems (P < 0.05) but 98.6% more speech-related problems (P < 0.05) than the control group after the Qigong intervention. Qigong training resulted in no apparent improvement in health-related QOL, functionality, or cancer-related symptoms in cancer-free survivors of NPC, except for a possible reduction in smell- and taste-related problems. Copyright © 2014 Shirley S. M. Fong et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article number495274
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Fong, S. S. M., Ng, S. S. M., Luk, W. S., Chung, L. M. Y., Wong, J. Y. H., & Chung, J. W. Y. (2014). Effects of Qigong training on health-related quality of life, functioning, and cancer-related symptoms in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer: A pilot study. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2014, art no. 495274.