Demographic, symptom, and way of life components related to cancer-related fatigue in males with prostate most cancers

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Oncol Nurs Forum. July 1, 2021; 48 (4): 423-430. doi: 10.1188 / 21.ONF.423-430.


OBJECTIVES: To identify potential demographic, symptomatic, and lifestyle factors associated with cancer-related fatigue (CRF) in men with prostate cancer.

SAMPLE & SETTING: Data was retrieved from full-course prostate cancer men who were enrolled in the Genitourinary Cancer Collaborating Prostate Cancer Registry.

METHODS & VARIABLES: Self-reported data on demographic characteristics, lifestyle habits (smoking habits, alcohol consumption, physical activity / exercise, eating habits and vitamins / supplements) and symptom experiences (measured with the Brief Fatigue Inventory, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Prostate Cancer and Bone Metastases and Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index) were added to the registry.

RESULTS: Demographic (younger age) and symptoms (sleep quality, urinary, bowel, hormonal, and sexual activity) were identified. Higher levels of moderate to vigorous exercise and activity were associated with lower CRF across the sample. However, there was no association between CKD and physical activity in men with bone metastases.

CARE EFFECTS: CRF is a common and distressing symptom in cancer patients and survivors. Identifying demographic, symptomatic, and lifestyle factors related to CRF can improve understanding of this symptom and aid early risk assessment and intervention.

PMID: 34142995 | DOI: 10.1188 / 21.ONF.423-430

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