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Title: Effects of qigong training on health-related quality of life, functioning, and cancer-related symptoms in survivors of nasopharyngeal cancer : a pilot study
Authors: Fong, SSM
Ng, SSM 
Luk, WS
Chung, LMY
Wong, JYH
Chung, JWY
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine, 2014, v. 2014, 495274 How to cite?
Journal: Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 
Abstract: This study aimed to investigate the effects of Qigong intervention on quality of life (QOL), health-related functioning, and cancer-related 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/26973
ISSN: 1741-427X
EISSN: 1741-4288
DOI: 10.1155/2014/495274
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Shirley S. M. Fong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The following article: Fong, S. S., Ng, S. S., Luk, W. S., Chung, L. M., Wong, J. Y., & Chung, J. W. (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, is available at https//doi.org/10.1155/2014/495274
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