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The effects of deep breathing on ‘tension–anxiety’ and fatigue in cancer patients undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2012
Pages: 94 - 98
Source ID: shanti-sources-117284
Abstract: Aims: We investigated the effect of deep breathing intervention on ‘tensioneanxiety’ and fatigue in Japanese women with gynaecological cancer undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy. Setting: A total of 23 patients were randomly allocated to intervention (n ¼ 11) and control (n ¼ 12) groups. Intervention: Deep breathing was practised in the intervention group, but not in the control group. Deep breathing comprised a 10-min breathing program comprising abdominal breathing, thoracic breathing and breathing with arms raised. Using the Profile of Mood States-Short Form (Japanese version) and the Cancer Fatigue Scale, the effects were assessed pre- and post-chemotherapy.