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Pre-Surgical Qigong Therapy for Women With Breast Cancer

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Breast Cancer

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Trial Information

Pre-Surgical Qigong Therapy for Women With Breast Cancer

Some research has been done on the human body to learn about how it may exist within an
electromagnetic (energy with electric and magnetic parts) field. Some research has shown
that changing the form of this field may have an effect on cell growth.

You will be asked to complete 3 questionnaires that ask about your quality of life (QOL),
your physical functioning, and any symptoms you may be having. The questionnaires will take
about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. You will also have a physical exam. If you have had
mammogram and ultrasound less than one week after your core biopsy, you will need to have a
repeat mammogram and ultrasound to check the size of your tumor.

You will then be scheduled for a total of 5 EQT sessions (1 session per day for 5
consecutive days). You will meet with an expert in EQT (qigong master) to conduct the
sessions. During each session, the qigong master will send forth qi (energy) focused toward
helping to improve patients' physical and mental functioning. The qigong master will do
this by placing his hands over the affected area and emitting his energy into your body. He
will not touch you, but will say a few words. These comments will be spoken in Chinese and
may be translated into English by a translator. The sessions may be conducted in a group
setting. After each session, you will have a physical exam. Each session will last about 30

Once you have completed all the sessions, you will have a follow-up visit. During this
visit, you will have a physical exam and a mammogram and ultrasound to check the size of
your tumor. You will also be asked to complete 3 more questionnaires that will ask the same
questions as before. The questionnaires will take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

In order to find out if women are willing to have EQT, researchers will keep track of how
many people are asked to join the study and how many decide to participate. If you consent
to participate, the study staff will keep track of the EQT sessions you attend, if you
complete the questionnaires, and if you provide the optional blood samples.

Your participation in this study will be over after your follow-up visit.

This is an investigational study. The baseline mammogram and ultrasound are standard of
care. All questionnaires and the follow-up mammogram and ultrasound are for research
purposes. Up to 10 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D.
Anderson or Fudan University Cancer Hospital.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Histologically confirmed and intact invasive ductal carcinoma

2. Women with a single measurable mass less than or equal to 3 cm

3. Women who are awaiting the surgical removal of breast cancer

4. Surgery is scheduled at least 2 weeks from the time of recruitment

5. Willing to come to MDACC or Fudan University Cancer Hospital (FUCH) for 5 consecutive
days to receive the EQT

6. 18 years of age or older because the assessment tools are not validated for use in

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Women with lobular carcinoma

2. Prior or planned neoadjuvant treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy

3. Evidence of metastatic disease

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Feasibility of conducting external qigong in women with breast cancer awaiting surgery

Outcome Time Frame:

3 Years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Lorenzo Cohen, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

July 2006

Completion Date:

December 2010

Related Keywords:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Breast Cancer
  • Qigong
  • Medical Qigong
  • External Qi Therapy
  • EQT
  • Breast Neoplasms



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