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Cancer

12 October 2010

Cancer, other symptoms important

Many cancer patients with pain or depression also experience physical symptoms, such as fatigue, dry mouth and nausea, that can cause disability, a study shows.

Many cancer patients with pain or depression also experience physical symptoms, such as fatigue, dry mouth and nausea, that can cause disability, a new study shows.

The most common symptoms were fatigue (97.5%), difficulty sleeping (about 79%), pain in limbs or joints (78%), back pain (nearly 75%) and memory problems (72%).

The patients also reported an average of almost 17 disability days in the previous four weeks, including 5.7 days in bed and 11.2 days where they reduced their activity by 50% or more.

The findings

 

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