Occurrence of fatigue and associated factors in disease-free breast cancer patients without depression

Yuriko Sugawara, Tatsuo Akechi, Toru Okuyama, Yutaka Matsuoka, Tomohito Nakano, Masatoshi Inagaki, Shigeru Imoto, Maiko Fujimori, Takashi Hosaka, Yosuke Uchitomi

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Abstract

Goals of work: Studies on fatigue in disease-free breast cancer patients have consistently found a significant association between fatigue and depression; and some characteristics of this fatigue may be confused with and/or concealed by those of depression. To clarify the characteristics of fatigue in disease-free breast cancer patients, we examined the frequency of fatigue and associated factors in disease-free breast cancer patients without major depression. Patients and methods: Seventy-nine ambulatory breast cancer patients without major depression who had been disease-free for more than 3 years since their surgery completed the Cancer Fatigue Scale (CFS), a multidimensional scale assessing cancer-related fatigue. Participants also completed the Short-form Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised (EPQR) for assessing their personalities. Sociodemographic, physical, and treatment-related factors were also obtained by interview. Main results: We found that 36.7% of the patients exhibited fatigue and that fatigue was significantly associated with neuroticism. Conclusions: These results suggest that a considerable number of disease-free breast cancer patients without major depression experience fatigue and that careful attention to those exhibiting high neuroticism may be of benefit in ameliorating their fatigue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-636
Number of pages9
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2005

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Neuroticism
  • Survivors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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    Sugawara, Y., Akechi, T., Okuyama, T., Matsuoka, Y., Nakano, T., Inagaki, M., Imoto, S., Fujimori, M., Hosaka, T., & Uchitomi, Y. (2005). Occurrence of fatigue and associated factors in disease-free breast cancer patients without depression. Supportive Care in Cancer, 13(8), 628-636. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-004-0763-6