Qi gong, yoga and recurrence rates?

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Question from kkost: Is there any research on the impact of qi gong or yoga on recurrence rates?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. To the best of my knowledge, I do not believe that there are any prospective randomized trials looking at recurrence rates looking at qi gong or yoga. Again, one of the focuses of complementary medicine and integrative therapies is an understanding of the difference between curing disease and healing. If someone's cancer is physically removed from their body and the cancer no longer exists, but that patient sits alone in the darkness of their home living in fear that cancer will return, they are technically cured of their disease but are not healed. In contrast, someone whose cancer [still exists], although they may not be cured of cancer, they can certainly find healing and therefore be positively affected by a modality that helps them to reach that safe place.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Complementary Medicine Techniques Part 3 featured Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about different types of complementary techniques and how they can help during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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