March 1st 2002
Fatigue is the most common problem experienced by oncology patients.[1-2] In this issue of ONCOLOGY, Drs. Lesage and Portenoy present an excellent overview of the potential etiologies, assessment parameters, and treatment options for this complex, multidimensional symptom. As they note in their comprehensive review, research on this symptom, which has a significant impact on oncology patients’ ability to function and quality of life, is limited. Therefore, one is left to consider what important research questions need to be answered regarding cancer-related fatigue.