Cancer Related Fatigue - Assessment and Management of a Distressing Cancer Side Effect (43:34)

a seminar included in:

COURSE: Core Competencies in Interdisciplinary Cancer Rehabilitation



Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common and distressing side effects of cancer due to its profound impact on all aspects of quality of life, especially physical functioning and ability to perform activities of daily living. Prevalence estimates up to ninety-nine percent across a wide range of cancer types and treatment interventions and persists months and years following treatment completion in approximately one third of patients.

This seminar discusses cancer-related fatigue as a recognized diagnosis in the International Classification of Diseases and reviews pathophysiological mechanisms for possible causes. The presenter will discuss the profound impact that cancer-related fatigue has on patients’ lives and overall survival due to emotional, psychological, economical and physical factors.

The audience will learn about national regulatory organizations cancer-related fatigue guidelines and standards for screening, assessment, and management according to evidenced based medicine from diagnosis to end of life. These recommendations include involvement for an interdisciplinary cancer care team for both non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions.

The presenter will review validated screening tools, functional outcome measures and pertinent research to guide the healthcare teams to provide best practice interventions to manage cancer-related fatigue and maximize quality of life, and overall survivorship for people diagnosed with cancer.


  • Define cancer related fatigue and its incidence in the oncology population
  • Discuss the causes of cancer related fatigue
  • Discuss national regulatory guidelines and standards around screening and treatment interventions for cancer related fatigue
  • Discuss the role of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team and evidenced based non-pharmacological interventions in the treatment of cancer related fatigue
  • Review cancer related fatigue evidenced based functional outcome measures and pertinent research to maximize quality of life and overall survivorship