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Fatigue 

Fatigue
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Fatigue
Author(s):

Edith O’Neil-Page

, Grace E. Dean

, and Paula R. Anderson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0010
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date: 19 September 2019

Individuals suffering from chronic or malignant disease may experience overwhelming and debilitating symptoms of extensive tiredness or sleepiness or an inability to meet daily self-care requirements and maintain personal interaction with significant others. However, they may be unable to verbalize the impact of fatigue on their daily activities. Fatigue is both personal and communal, affecting all aspects of life. Fatigue is often unrecognized by family and healthcare providers or is accepted as a “side effect” of disease and treatment. Cancer-related fatigue affects all aspects of life, at all ages, and may remain unacknowledged by healthcare providers. Yet with recognition and intervention, fatigue can be successfully managed throughout the course of disease, recovery, or through end of life.

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