Fatigue Experience in Cancer Patients

2014-08-27 03:39:31 | BioPortfolio


The goal of this research study is to learn what it is like when a patient with cancer has fatigue, as well as how these patients define fatigue. Researchers want to use this information to create questionnaires that may more accurately measure fatigue and its effects in patients with cancer.



If you agree to take part in this study, you will be interviewed by a member of the study staff and then asked to complete a series of questionnaires and verbal (spoken) questions.

During the interview, you will be asked to describe what fatigue means to you and what it is like for you to have fatigue. The interview will take place while you are at M. D. Anderson receiving your routine care. You will be interviewed alone, and the information gathered during the interview will be kept strictly confidential. The interview will take about 30 minutes to complete. It will be audiotaped so that participants' responses can be fully analyzed.

You will then be asked to complete 4 questionnaires and answer 2 separate questions.

The first questionnaire will include questions about your personal identifying information (such as your age and marital status).

You will then be asked 1 question about your quality of life and another question about how well you are performing day-to-day activities.

You will then be asked to complete a second questionnaire in which you will rate your fatigue level and how fatigue interferes with your daily activities.

You will be asked to complete a third questionnaire about your opinion of the fatigue questionnaire (the second questionnaire). For example, you will be asked if the fatigue questionnaire was easy to understand and to complete. Learning your opinion about this questionnaire will help researchers learn what important questions may be missing from the questionnaire.

Finally, you will then be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks you to rate the severity of a list of 13 symptoms and how much these symptoms interfere with some of your daily activities.

The questionnaires and additional questions should take a total of 15-20 minutes to complete.

After you have completed the interview and questionnaires, a research assistant will review your electronic medical record to collect information about your disease and treatments.


Your participation in this study will be over after you complete the interview, the questionnaires, and the additional questions.

This is an investigational study. Up to 60 patients will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Study Design

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective


Advanced Cancer


Questionnaire, Interview


U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
United States




M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:39:31-0400

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