Is cancer-related fatigue more strongly correlated to haematological or to psychological factors in cancer patients?

F. Romito, R. Montanaro, C. Corvasce, M. Di Bisceglie, V. Mattioli

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Abstract

Goals of work: Cancer-related fatigue is a very frequent problem in cancer, interfering with many patients' life activities. Anaemia is present in a large number of fatigued patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate cancer-related fatigue, in relation with haematic haemoglobin levels and the presence of anxiety and depression. Materials and methods: The Functional Assessment Of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue scale was used to assess fatigue. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale was administered to screen for psychological distress. Haematological values were measured by blood tests. All data were analysed using Chi-squared, and a logistic regression analysis was conducted. Main results: Eighty patients were enrolled in the study. Significant associations were found between fatigue and depression, fatigue and anxiety and between fatigue and haemoglobin. Conclusion: Anxiety and depression, other than heamoglobin levels, were found associated with fatigue. Hence, implications for a multi-dimensional treatment of fatigue are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-946
Number of pages4
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Fatigue
  • Haemoglobin
  • Mood disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Nursing(all)

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