- By Dana Sparks
Fatigue Factors for Cancer Patients
Many people who have been through cancer and its treatment have trouble with their recovery because of severe, debilitating fatigue that can last for months or even years. But, according to a recent Mayo Clinic study appearing in Supportive Care in Cancer, even though a variety of treatments exist for cancer-related fatigue, few doctors are recommending them to patients. Study author Andrea Cheville, M.D., says, "Fatigue is a factor that not only significantly diminishes quality of life but also is associated with reduced survival. Our results suggest that cancer patients are not receiving appropriate treatment for a significant and widespread problem."
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Expert title for broadcast cg: Dr. Andrea Cheville, Mayo Clinic PM&R