EFFECT OF QIGONG/TAI CHI EASY ON FATIGUE, COGNITIVE FUNCTION, AND OTHER HEALTH PARAMETERS

Miles Lucero , Linda K. Larkey PhD, Denise Roe DrPH

EFFECT OF QIGONG/TAI CHI EASY ON FATIGUE, COGNITIVE FUNCTION, AND OTHER HEALTH PARAMETERS

Fatigue, depression, and sleep disorders are common symptoms among breast cancer survivors that reduce quality of life. Recently, complementary and alternative approaches are becoming more common in managing these symptoms and must be formally evaluated. One group of mind-body practices commonly used by survivors is “Meditative Movement” (MM) that utilizes a series of gentle, controlled body motions to achieve deeply focused and relaxed states. This study was designed to test the effects of a combined set of MM, Qigong/Tai Chi Easy, on breast cancer survivors’ persistent fatigue, cognitive function and other health symptoms. The Qigong/Tai Chi Easy group (n = 42) showed a significant decrease in fatigue and BMI over a sham control group (p = 0.013, 0.045). Across both interventions, we noted significant improvements from pre- to post-intervention for fatigue, depression, sleep quality, health-related quality of life, and cognitive function, but these were not statistically significant (except for fatigue) when evaluating differences between the groups. Biomarkers were assessed for inflammatory and fatigue-related factors (plasma IL-1Ra, sIL-6R, and hsCRP) and CBC differentials taken pre- and post-intervention, indicating no significant differences between groups. Future analyses will examine whether or not these changes are correlated with subjective reports of fatigue, cognitive function, etc. Findings suggest that Meditative Movement practices such as Qigong/Tai Chi Easy may be an effective treatment for self-reported fatigue and other persistent symptoms among breast cancer survivors. Funding provided by National Institutes of Health Grand No. T34 GM008718 (MARC Program) and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Heal, and Office of Women’s Health 5 U01 AT002706-03.

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