SPARK study

Qigong and Cancer

What is the Qigong and Cancer Study?

This research study evaluates the effects of Qigong (Chi Kung) on fatigue and quality of life in cancer patients and their caregivers, including family and professional care providers. The goal is to explore a non-medication-based way to improve common side effectsof cancer and its treatments. The five-week study takes place as follows:

  • February 2 through March 6, 2017
  • Monday and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Who can take part?

Participants must have a diagnosis of cancer or provide care for a person with cancer. This includes patient family members who provide care as well as clinical staff at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Participants must also meet these criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Speak English
  • Have no infectious disease

If I participate, what will I do?

  • Practice Qigong two days a week for five weeks
  • Complete a short questionnaire at the beginning, middle, and end of the study
  • Write about your experience in a journal that will be provided (optional)

Classes will take place in the 6th floor Multipurpose Room of Huntsman Cancer Institute's Hospital.


The risks of this study are minimal. In previous scientific studies, Qigong has been determined to be a safe practice. Qigong practice is unlikely to result in serious injury, but may be associated with minor aches and pains similar to those felt with any normal activity or movement.


We cannot promise any direct benefit for taking part in this study. However, possible benefits include improved quality of life, increased energy, less pain, improved balance, reduced stress and anxiety, improved bone health, and lower blood pressure.

If you have additional questions or would like to enroll in the study, please contact Cassidy Doucette at

Qigong and Cancer Study Flyer


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