PubMed - Steiner Eurythmy - And Cancer therapy
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Integr Cancer Ther. 2013 Jul;12(4):301-11. doi: 10.1177/1534735412464552. Epub 2012 Dec 21. Multimodal therapy concept and aerobic training in breast cancer patients with chronic cancer-related fatigue. Kröz M1, Fink M, Reif M, Grobbecker S, Zerm R, Quetz M, Frühwirth M, Brinkhaus B, Bartsch C, Girke M, Gutenbrunner C.
HYPOTHESE: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and sleep disorders are some of the most wearing and common symptoms in disease-free breast cancer patients (BC). Aerobic training (AT) is the treatment with the best available evidence, even though it seems to be insufficient with regards to improvements in cognitive fatigue. We introduced a new multimodal therapy concept (MM) consisting of psycho-, sleep-education and new approaches based on anthroposophic medicine such as eurythmy and painting therapy.
STUDY DESIGN: This pilot study will test the implementation of MM and yield first results of the MM and AE in our centres.
METHODS: 31 out of 34 patients suffering from BC and CRF were fully assessed in a ten-week intervention study. 21 patients chose MM and 10 decided on AT. CRF was measured with the help of the Cancer Fatigue Scale (CFS-D), and the global quality of sleep was measured with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). We also captured autonomic regulation (aR) and patients' satisfaction with questionnaires. Statistical analysis was done with SAS 9.1.3 for windows.
RESULTS: The new MM therapy can be implemented with high satisfaction among patients. Significant improvements were found in the MM group with regards to CFS-D, global quality of sleep, sleep efficiency (PSQI), aR and rest/activity regulation compared to baseline (all p<0.05). In the AT group aR orthostatic-circulatory and rest/activity regulation improved significantly (p<0.05), too. However, no improvement in cognitive fatigue was seen in either group.
CONCLUSION: The multimodal therapy concept was feasible and improved cancer fatigue, sleep quality, autonomic and rest-/activity regulation in breast cancer patients. It may therefore constitute a valuable treatment option in addition to aerobic training for BC patients with CRF. A further study with larger sample size needs to be carried out to assess the efficacy of combined multimodal-aerobic therapy.