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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2009 May;20(2):405-16. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2008.12.005.

Cancer-related fatigue.

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55944, USA.


CRF is indisputably a significant problem with important public health and medical economic implications. As the prevalence of cancer survivorship grows, the impact of CRF will increase. Physiatrists have not historically played an active role in caring for affected patients. In the author's opinion, this is unfortunate, since the holistic, integrated, and cross-disciplinary approach that characterizes physiatry seems ideally suited to offer patients meaningful benefit. Physiatrists with a clinical interest are likely to be robustly rewarded with interest from the oncological community, as CRF is a frustrating and devastating problem for patients and clinicians alike.

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