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Oncol Nurs Forum. 2004 Nov 16;31(6):1069-75.

Fatigue, weight gain, and altered sexuality in patients with breast cancer: exploration of a symptom cluster.

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Department of Adult Health Nursing in the School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA. mcwilmot@email.uncc.edu <mcwilmot@email.uncc.edu>

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To identify the symptom cluster of fatigue, weight gain, and altered sexuality caused by treatment for breast cancer.

DATA SOURCES:

Published research and literature review articles.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Fatigue, weight gain, and altered sexuality commonly occur after breast cancer chemotherapy. Each symptom has a significant impact on quality of life; however, viewing them as a symptom cluster magnifies their impact.

CONCLUSIONS:

These symptoms have yet to be studied as a cluster. Exercise appears to be an intervention common to each that may be effective in reducing the severity of these treatment side effects.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING:

Nurses should view symptoms caused by breast cancer treatment holistically, keeping in mind that a reciprocal relationship often exists among symptoms. Identification of symptom clusters with empirically derived interventions may enhance quality of care and quality of life for patients.

PMID:
15547630
DOI:
10.1188/04.ONF.1069-1075
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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