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Fatigue in prostate cancer patients treated with external beam radiotherapy: a prospective 5-year long-term patient-reported evaluation
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics, ISSN 0973-1482, Vol. 6, no 4, 516-520 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Limited information is available regarding the long-term effect of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) on fatigue in individuals with prostate cancer (PC).

Materials and Methods: Men with PC treated with EBRT from January 1992 to June 2003 were enrolled in a prospective study. The QLQ-C30 questionnaire was used to evaluate pre-treatment fatigue and up to 5 years post-treatment.

Results: 407 men with 5-year assessments were analyzed. Fatigue increased between pre-treatment (mean: 15.5; CI: 13.6-17.4) and 5-years post-treatment (mean: 22.8; CI: 20.5-25.1; P<0.001). Pre-treatment fatigue was absent in 206/407 (59%) patients and 5-year post-treatment was reported by 264/407 (66%). Sixteen of 407 patients (4%) reported severe fatigue after 5 years. Physical-, emotional-, cognitive function, and dyspnea were the factors that correlated most to higher level of fatigue 5-year post-treatment.

Conclusions: Fatigue is a common symptom among patients with PC. A large percentage of patients reported pre-treatment fatigue. Fatigue increased over time, with the highest level seen at the end of EBRT. Severe fatigue was reported by 4% 5-year post-treatment. More work is needed in order to identify which patients are most susceptible to developing fatigue especially during radiotherapy.

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2010. Vol. 6, no 4, 516-520 p.
Keyword [en]
Fatigue, prostate cancer, radiotherapy, patient-reported, quality of life
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Cancer and Oncology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40897DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.77076ISI: 000288028700021PubMedID: 21358092OAI: diva2:403469
Available from: 2011-03-14 Created: 2011-03-14 Last updated: 2011-12-14Bibliographically approved

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