Current management of fatigue and anemia in patients with cancer

Victoria Mock, Mi Kaela Olsen

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OBJECTIVES: To describe the management of fatigue and anemia in patients with cancer. DATA SOURCES: Published literature and clinical experience. CONCLUSION: Anemia is a common cause of cancer-related fatigue. Epoetin alfa increases hemoglobin, decreases transfusion requirements, and improves energy and quality of life in patients with cancer-related anemia. Nonpharmacologic treatment options include exercise, nutrition optimization, and psychosocial interventions. Effective management of fatigue improves overall cancer treatment, quality of life, and functional status. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE: Fatigue and anemia are commonly undertreated complications of cancer and its treatment. Oncology nurses play a key role in identifying and managing these conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in oncology nursing
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology(nursing)

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