The Experience of Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients 1-12 Month Post-Chemotherapy: A Qualitative Study.
Behav Med 2017 Nov 2:1-12. Epub 2017 Nov 2.
c Technion-Israel Institute of Technology , Department of Family Medicine, The Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Clalit Health Services , Haifa and Western Galilee District, Haifa , Israel.
The study explored the experience of fatigue, its effects and ways of coping with fatigue and the role of family and social support among breast cancer patients. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 breast cancer patients stages I-III, aged 34-67, who were up to one year after the termination of chemotherapy. Two main themes emerged: "Being imprisoned in the body of an 80-year-old," focuses the fatigue experienced by younger and older women, during and post treatment, including the different patterns of fatigue and the various means of coping with fatigue; The "Family's bear-hug" exemplifies the role of the environment in coping with the experience of fatigue and the complexities entailed in receiving support from family and friends. Read More