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Session on Fatigue: diagnosing cancer-related fatigue
By Carole Bouleuc, recorded at TAO (Transatlantic Oncology meeting), Nov 20-21, 2014, Paris
Fatigue is a frequent problem in cancer patients, affecting 80% of the patients under treatment, 40% of the patients cured of cancer and almost 100% of the patients in the terminal stage. Cancer-related fatigue can be defined as a subjective and persistant feeling of physical, emotional or cognitive exhaustion which is disproportionate to recent physical activity and affects everyday life. The causes vary, ranging from the cancer itself to lifestyle factors such as a lack of physical activity. Carole Bouleuc speaks about the physical, psychological and cognitive dimension of fatigue as well as the various fatigue scales and presents algorithms for dealing with fatigue during active treatment, follow-up and the terminal stage.
Carole Bouleuc, Institut Curie, Paris, France