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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | September 2021

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Managing prostate cancer-related fatigue

Managing prostate cancer-related fatigue

Pages: 30 - 31

Here, Meg Burgess, specialist nurse at Prostate Cancer UK, talks about her role in providing a Fatigue Support Service by telephone, why it is needed, how it is structured, and the small changes that can help reduce the impact of fatigue on quality of life for men with prostate cancer. 

Around three in four men with prostate cancer (74%) will have fatigue at some point (Stone et al, 2000). For some it may be a short-term problem and manageable, for others it can be longer lasting and can affect quality of life.

As healthcare professionals, it can be a hard symptom to address as treatments or solutions may feel limited. Men say there is often little discussion about their fatigue with healthcare professionals and there may be differing perceptions of the impact of fatigue on quality of life (Sonn et al, 2009).

Since 2013, Prostate Cancer UK has provided a telephone fatigue support service to provide this much needed support.

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