Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue in Women With Gynecologic Cancers

Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue in Women With Gynecologic Cancers



at ASCO we're presenting a study on cancer related fatigue among women with gynecological cancers and we really wanted to do this study because we know fatigue is one of the most common and debilitating symptoms and in fact it's a side effect of almost all cancer treatments however a few studies have looked into the course of fatigue over time and whether or not it resolves without intervention so for this study we use data from the roji care trial conducted by our colleagues in the Netherlands and we use data from 312 women with ovarian or endometrial cancer and what we found in this study was that almost half of the women reported clinically significant fatigue after initial surgical treatment and before the start of any additional treatment and this fatigue did not resolve over 12 months follow-up the most important factors contributing to this fatigue were fatigue at baseline and depressive symptoms unfortunately as I mentioned before there are interventions focusing on these psychological factors that have been shown to be helpful in reducing fatigue but most of these studies have not primarily focused on women with gynecological cancer so at dana-farber we're currently adapting the CBT intervention that we previously tested in a larger sample of advanced cancer patients for women taking per pin hitters for advanced ovarian cancer and I think this is a really exciting study because it would be great if we can improve the quality of life for women taking these new promising treatments

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