Patients' usual experience with fatigue?


Question from Carey: Dr. Nail and Dr. Portenoy, what do you hear from your patients about fatigue?
Answers - Lillian Nail We hear that people are concerned when no one tells them that fatigue is an expected side effect of treatment and they want to know when the fatigue will end and why it's happening.
Russell Portenoy And we hear that fatigue is a major impediment to having a normal level of function even after treatment is over, and that fatigue is often associated with mood disturbance and problems in the family.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Sometimes it's confusing because you might not know what is causing the fatigue. Is it the cancer itself or is it the treatment for the cancer? You have to work with your doctor and nurse to help sort this one out.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2001, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Ease Fatigue, Boost Energy. Lillian Nail, Ph.D., R.N., Russel Portenoy, M.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about ways to manage fatigue and increase energy levels.

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