Caregivers of Patients With Cancer Fatigue: A High Level of Symptom Burden

Matthew M. Clark, Pamela J. Atherton, Maria I. Lapid, Sarah M. Rausch, Marlene H. Frost, Andrea L. Cheville, Jean M. Hanson, Yolanda I. Garces, Paul D. Brown, Jeff A. Sloan, Jarrett W. Richardson, Katherine M. Piderman, Teresa A. Rummans

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Fatigue is the problematic symptom identified by patients with cancer. However, fatigue has not been widely examined in caregivers of patients with cancer. In this study, 131 caregivers of patients diagnosed with advanced stage cancer and actively receiving radiotherapy reported experiencing the most difficulties with fatigue (mean 46.9; on a 0-100 scale, with a 10-point difference having clinical meaning) at baseline and at a 6-month follow-up (mean 48.3). This is in sharp contrast to other domains of quality of life and functioning being rated in the 60s, 70s and 80s by the caregivers of patients with cancer. Given the level of fatigue reported by the caregivers of patients with cancer, if confirmed by other investigators in larger and more diverse samples, interventions targeting caregiver fatigue should be explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-125
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • burnout
  • cancer
  • caregivers
  • fatigue
  • quality of life
  • symptom burden

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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