FATIGUE AND AGING IN CANCER PATIENTS



 In Psycho-Oncology Volume 15 Number 2 (SUPPLEMENT). October 2006

Abtstracts of 8th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology  Ferrara Venice; Italy   16th - 21st October  2006

Poster Session

Abstract. Fatigue and Aging in Cancer Patients

Authors: Lissandrello G, Tralongo P, Respini D.

Psychoncology Mareluce Onlus Siracusa, Sicilia, Medical Oncology, G. Di Maria Hospital Avola (SR) Italy

INTRODUCTION: fatigue is the most common chronic symptom most likely to disrupt the patient's activity and cause disability. In older cancer patients fatigue appears to be related to different factors such as anemia, depression and reduced neuromuscolar energy production. In the elderly fatigue may cause functional dependence. PURPOSE:  in this study we want to valuate the relationship between fatigue and depression in a geriatric group of cancer patients, undergoing in a chemotherapy program. METHODS: a cross-sectional study in a group of 54 patients over 65 years old (range 60-85), the instruments used were: Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) The Mini Mental State Examination, and the Fatigue Symptom Inventory (FSI). All Patients had metastatic cancer.  RESULTS 52 patients reported fatigue in the last week (96%).  In 51 patients fatigued had an inteference with their daily activity. There was a significant correlation between depression and incidence of fatigue (p<0,0007), Rhp (95%) confidence liimits 0.21: 0,76); depression was also correlated to the severity of fatigue (p<0.0001, Rho confidence limits 0.27:0.82) CONCLUSIONS: depression and fatigue are correlated. They can have an importand incidence in the quality of life of patients in the elderly, and are needed interventions to control depression and to reduce fatigue.This can improve the patient quality of life.