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Effect of Qigong Therapy in Patients With Advanced NSCLC and GI Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy

18 Years
Open (Enrolling)
Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung, Cancer of the Gastrointestinal Tract

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Trial Information

Effect of Qigong Therapy in Patients With Advanced NSCLC and GI Cancer Undergoing Chemotherapy

Inclusion Criteria:

1. A pathologically (histological or cytological) confirmed clinical diagnosis of
non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or GI cancer

2. Stage 3 or 4 disease and eligible for anti-cancer treatment

3. Performance status (PS) of 0 - 2 as determined by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology
Group-Performance Status

4. Life expectancy estimated at > 4 months

5. Age 18 years or older

6. Willing and able to provide informed consent

7. Must be approved for participation by the oncology treatment team

8. Able to communicate in French or English

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Contraindication to exercise as determined by the oncology treatment team

2. Severe cardiac or neuro-muscular/skeletal disease

3. Engaging in interventions to address anxiety or depressive symptoms

4. Brain metastases

5. Active psychiatric conditions

6. Pregnant or breast-feeding mothers

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Outcome Measure:

Change in Depression and Anxiety

Outcome Description:

Depression and anxiety will be measured using the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS); The HADS is a 14-item self-rated questionnaire, consisting of two 7-item subscales. It was developed to identify anxiety and depression in non-psychiatric medical outpatients. Each item on the HADS is scored from 0 (no problem) to 3 (maximum distress). The HADS will be administered within 2 weeks of completing each exercise program.

Outcome Time Frame:

6 weeks

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Thomas Jagoe, MD, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

McGill, Cancer Nutrition Rehabilitation Program


Canada: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

February 2009

Completion Date:

December 2012

Related Keywords:

  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Cancer of the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Qigong
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Exercise
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Meditation
  • Standard Exercise
  • Chemotherapy
  • Advanced cancer
  • Quality of Life
  • Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy
  • Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer Nutrition-Rehabilitation Program
  • Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale
  • Simmonds Functional Assessment
  • Carcinoma
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung
  • Gastrointestinal Neoplasms