ESMO updates cancer-related fatigue recommendations
medwireNews: An update to the ESMO Clinical Practice Guideline on the management of cancer-related fatigue (CRF) has been published in the Annals of Oncology.
“[CRF] is different from other types of fatigue by its severity and persistence and the inability to alleviate it through rest or sleep”, explain Alessandra Fabi (IRCCS Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Rome, Italy) and fellow members of the ESMO Guidelines Committee.
The guidelines include advice on shared-decision making between patients and healthcare professionals, the diagnosis criteria for CRF, and screening and risk assessment for the condition, including specialist advice for the care of elderly patients.
The Committee also reviewed the research and has advised on the management of CRF through exercise, psychosocial interventions, mind–body interventions, yoga, acupuncture, and the use of pharmacologic agents including psychostimulants, antidepressants, acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, and corticosteroids, as well as nutraceutical treatments.
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