Research Article
Volume 9 Issue 3 - 2020
Fatigue Assessment during Breast Cancer Radiotherapy
Hanene Ben Salah* and Jamel Daoud
Department of Radiotherapy, Habib Bourguiba Hospital and University Center Sfax, Tunisia
*Corresponding Author: Hanene Ben Salah, Department of Radiotherapy, Habib Bourguiba Hospital and University Center Sfax, Tunisia.
Received: January 06, 2020; Published: February 24, 2020


Objective: The objective of this work is to assess fatigue and its impact on the daily life of patients undergoing post-operative radiotherapy for breast cancer.

Patients and Methods: Fatigue was assessed during radiotherapy in patients treated for non-metastatic breast cancer, at the radiotherapy department of the Habib Bourguiba University Hospital in Sfax, Tunisia. The validated Arabic version of the "Multidimentionnal fatigue Inventory" was used. Fatigue assessment was also done in a group of witnesses. 

Results: 50 patients of average age 50 were included, 77 witnesses of average age 45 responded to the questionnaire. All the patients described a feeling of fatigue with variable score. The total fatigue score was 27 to 81 and an average of 51.32. The means of the scores of the different dimensions of fatigue were 10.22 for general fatigue, 11.22 for physical fatigue, 10.78 for reduced activity, 8.5 for reduced motivation and 10.6 for mental fatigue. The number of patients with a total score greater than or equal to 50 was 21 (42%). These scores were lower than those of the witnesses group, and higher than those of the workers of witnesses group.

Conclusion: During radiotherapy for breast cancer patients have a high fatigue score which predominates in the physical and mental dimension while the motivation is not altered. To attribute this fatigue to radiation, other studies are needed to assess fatigue before, during and after radiotherapy, possibly in different institutions with a standardization of the means of evaluation.

Keywords:Fatigue; Breast Cancer; Radiotherapy


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Citation: Hanene Ben Salah and Jamel Daoud. “Fatigue Assessment during Breast Cancer Radiotherapy”. EC Psychology and Psychiatry 9.3 (2020): 01-11.

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