Studying cancer-related fatigue: Report of the NCCN scientific research committee

Joanne E. Mortimer, Andrea M. Barsevick, Charles L. Bennett, Ann Malone Berger, Charles Cleeland, Shannon R. DeVader, Carmen Escalante, Jeffrey Gilreath, Arti Hurria, Tito R. Mendoza, Hope S. Rugo

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Abstract

NCCN convened a committee of experts to make recommendations for future studies of cancer-related fatigue (CRF). The committee reviewed the current data on the incidence, clinical measurement, and treatment of CRF. The assessment of fatigue is largely derived from self-report questionnaires that address the symptom of fatigue, and do not correlate the presence of fatigue with change in physical activity. The committee developed a self-report questionnaire, NCCN Fatigue and Contributing Factors Inventory, which incorporates assessments of fatigue, pain, difficulty sleeping, distress, physical activity, and concurrent medications. A clinical research study using this measure in conjunction with the NCCN Breast Cancer Outcomes Database Project is planned. The committee noted a strong interaction among fatigue, pain, difficulty sleeping, and distress and recommended that future clinical research address these interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1331-1339
Number of pages9
JournalJNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Fatigue assessment
  • Treatable contributing factors to fatigue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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