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The Experience of Fatigue for Patients With Cancer

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Trial Information

The Experience of Fatigue for Patients With Cancer


If you agree to take part in this study, you will be interviewed by a member of the study
staff and then asked to complete a series of questionnaires and verbal (spoken) questions.

During the interview, you will be asked to describe what fatigue means to you and what it is
like for you to have fatigue. The interview will take place while you are at M. D. Anderson
receiving your routine care. You will be interviewed alone, and the information gathered
during the interview will be kept strictly confidential. The interview will take about 30
minutes to complete. It will be audiotaped so that participants' responses can be fully

You will then be asked to complete 4 questionnaires and answer 2 separate questions.

The first questionnaire will include questions about your personal identifying information
(such as your age and marital status).

You will then be asked 1 question about your quality of life and another question about how
well you are performing day-to-day activities.

You will then be asked to complete a second questionnaire in which you will rate your
fatigue level and how fatigue interferes with your daily activities.

You will be asked to complete a third questionnaire about your opinion of the fatigue
questionnaire (the second questionnaire). For example, you will be asked if the fatigue
questionnaire was easy to understand and to complete. Learning your opinion about this
questionnaire will help researchers learn what important questions may be missing from the

Finally, you will then be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks you to rate the
severity of a list of 13 symptoms and how much these symptoms interfere with some of your
daily activities.

The questionnaires and additional questions should take a total of 15-20 minutes to

After you have completed the interview and questionnaires, a research assistant will review
your electronic medical record to collect information about your disease and treatments.


Your participation in this study will be over after you complete the interview, the
questionnaires, and the additional questions.

This is an investigational study. Up to 60 patients will take part in this study. All will
be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. 18 years of age or older

2. Ability to speak and read English

3. Diagnosis of cancer, currently receiving treatment, receiving supportive care, or
surviving after treatment

4. Self report of current experience of fatigue

5. Consent to participate

6. Patient from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center inpatient unit or outpatient clinic

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Inability to understand the intent of the study

2. Medical condition that would preclude participation in an interview session lasting
40 minutes

3. Diagnosis of active psychosis or severe cognitive impairment confirmed by the
patient's attending physician.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Description of Cancer Patient Fatigue Experiences (Questionnaire + Interview Responses)

Outcome Time Frame:

2 Years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Loretta A. Williams, DSN

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

March 2007

Completion Date:

April 2010

Related Keywords:

  • Advanced Cancer
  • Advanced Cancer
  • Fatigue
  • Interview
  • Questionnaire
  • Survey
  • Fatigue
  • Neoplasms



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