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Helping Patients Manage Cancer-Related Fatigue

Wells, Jo Nell Burgess PhD, RN, OCN; Fedric, Tara MSN, RN

Clinical Concerns: CE

Fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer treatment, yet is sometimes ignored by healthcare professionals. Home care and hospice nurses work closely with patients and families experiencing the overwhelming impact fatigue has on a patient’s quality of life. This article provides a comprehensive discussion of the causes of cancer-related fatigue and the interventions to be considered.

Jo Nell Burgess Wells, PhD, RN, OCN, is Assistant Professor, Harris School of Nursing, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, TX and a Supportive Care Consultant, Nutritional Support in the Cancer Experience, Ambassador 2000 Program.

Tara Fedric, MSN, RN, is Adjunct Clinical Professor, College of Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, TX and a Supportive Care Consultant for Fatigue Management, Ambassador 2000 Program.

Address correspondence to Jo Nell Burgess Wells, 2753 Skivue Drive, Argyle, TX 76226; e-mail:

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.