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Cancer-Related Fatigue and Aging

Holley S. Cancer-Related Fatigue and Aging. In: Overcash J, Balducci L, editors. The Older Cancer Patient: A Guide for Nurses and Related Professionals. New York, NY: Springer Publishing; 2003. Chapter 10. 168-180 p.

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The majority of literature on persons with CRF have focused on the prevalence, incidence, correlates, and dimensions of fatigue. Those studies have not addresed the morbidity of CRF or the suffering associated with CRF. The research on fatigue in persons with cancer is primarily descriptive and correlational, and frequently has had conflicting findings. A major imitation of studies has been the lack of a holistic approach to the measurement of the CRF experience on all aspects of the individual's life. In addition, little is heard from the individuals themselves who are experiencing fatigue associated with cancer. All of these studies suggest that fatigue has a tremendous impact on the individual with cancer. The current oncology nursing litearture and texts do not portray the morbidity of the CRF experience as it was described in previous work done by this author (Holley, 2000). Clearly, the experience of CRF has an impact on the physical, social, spiritual, cognitive, and psychological dimensions of the patients' lives.

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