Baduanjin Qigong for Cancer-Related Fatigue in Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy
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July 27, 2019 - Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most troubling symptoms of cancer patients during chemotherapy, and no gold standard for the treatment of Cancer-related fatigue has been established. This study aimed to examine the effects of the Baduanjin qigong on patients with colorectal cancer and Cancer-related fatigue, and to explore its intervention effects.
Ninety patients with chemotherapy-treated colorectal cancer and cancer-related fatigue were randomized to a Baduanjin exercise group or a routine care group. The primary outcome was the Brief Fatigue Inventory (BFI) score at 24 weeks. The secondary outcomes were the Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) scores at 24 weeks.
There were no significant differences between the two groups in cancer-related fatigue level at baseline and 12 weeks. At 24 weeks, the proportion of patients with moderate-to-severe cancer-related fatigue was significantly smaller in the exercise group than in the control group. The KPS and PSQI scores were similar in the two groups at baseline and 12 weeks, but they were significantly higher and lower, respectively, at 24 weeks in the exercise group compared with the control group. Significant time-group interactions were observed for all three scores.
The results show that Baduanjin qigong exercise can relieve cancer-related fatigue in patients with colorectal cancer undergoing chemotherapy and can improve their physical activity level and their quality of sleep.