Supportive Care

Qigong: Benefits for Survivors Coping With Cancer-Related Fatigue

Kathleen M. Sowada

qigong, physical activity, survivorship, cancer-related fatigue
CJON 2019, 23(5), 465-469. DOI: 10.1188/19.CJON.465-469

Cancer-related fatigue is a potentially debilitating condition that affects many cancer survivors. Qigong, the safe and gentle practice of physical exercises and breathing control developed in Chinese medicine, shows great promise in alleviating cancer-related symptoms such as fatigue. Oncology nurses can improve the lives of cancer survivors by understanding the history and implications of qigong practice for their patients. This article explains the key concepts and benefits of qigong and provides resources for healthcare professionals and patients.


  • Cancer-related fatigue is a common symptom experienced by cancer survivors that can be debilitating if interventions are not provided.
  • Practicing qigong has the potential to decrease cancer-related fatigue and improve quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Nurses educated on the benefits and basic theory of qigong can be better equipped to assist their patients with using this practice.
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