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Vol 7, No 2 (2008)
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Published online: 2008-06-27
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The role of objective and subjective factors in cancer-related fatigue syndrome: a pilot study in advanced cancer patients receiving palliative radiotherapy treatment

Anna Kieszkowska-Grudny, Agata Wytykowska, Ewa Sierko, Zbigniew Sawicki, Marek Z. Wojtukiewicz, Sergiusz Nawrocki
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(2):61-68.

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Vol 7, No 2 (2008)
Original articles
Published online: 2008-06-27

Abstract


Background. Cancer-related fatigue is observed in most cancer patients in advanced stage of the disease. It may be caused by both, the disease and treatment - chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During and after palliative radiotherapy treatment, whose objective is to improve patient's quality of life, increase of fatigue might occur. The aims of this study were both to assess the level of fatigue in patients receiving palliative radiotherapy and to determine the role of psychological variables in cancer-related fatigue syndrome e.g. the relation between temperament and cancer-related fatigue, as well as strategies of coping with disease.
Method. 24 patients in advanced or metastatic cancer, undergoing palliative radiotherapy participated in the study. Prior to and after the treatment the patients were asked to complete a series of psychological questionnaires, like temperament questionnaire (FCZ-KT), Mini-MAC, PRE. Physicians, before and after the treatment, completed medical questionnaire, in which objective parameters of chronic fatigue syndrome were monitored (e.g. Haemoglobin level).
Results. Results show correlation between temperament and strategies of coping with disease with the level of fatigue. Psychological features may constitute a predictor for the fatigue level. Because of the group size this study has pilot and explorative character.

Abstract


Background. Cancer-related fatigue is observed in most cancer patients in advanced stage of the disease. It may be caused by both, the disease and treatment - chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During and after palliative radiotherapy treatment, whose objective is to improve patient's quality of life, increase of fatigue might occur. The aims of this study were both to assess the level of fatigue in patients receiving palliative radiotherapy and to determine the role of psychological variables in cancer-related fatigue syndrome e.g. the relation between temperament and cancer-related fatigue, as well as strategies of coping with disease.
Method. 24 patients in advanced or metastatic cancer, undergoing palliative radiotherapy participated in the study. Prior to and after the treatment the patients were asked to complete a series of psychological questionnaires, like temperament questionnaire (FCZ-KT), Mini-MAC, PRE. Physicians, before and after the treatment, completed medical questionnaire, in which objective parameters of chronic fatigue syndrome were monitored (e.g. Haemoglobin level).
Results. Results show correlation between temperament and strategies of coping with disease with the level of fatigue. Psychological features may constitute a predictor for the fatigue level. Because of the group size this study has pilot and explorative character.
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Keywords

cancer-related fatigue syndrome; temperament; strategies of coping with disease

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Title

The role of objective and subjective factors in cancer-related fatigue syndrome: a pilot study in advanced cancer patients receiving palliative radiotherapy treatment

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 7, No 2 (2008)

Pages

61-68

Published online

2008-06-27

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2008;7(2):61-68.

Keywords

cancer-related fatigue syndrome
temperament
strategies of coping with disease

Authors

Anna Kieszkowska-Grudny
Agata Wytykowska
Ewa Sierko
Zbigniew Sawicki
Marek Z. Wojtukiewicz
Sergiusz Nawrocki

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