Management of cancer-related fatigue in Taiwan: an evidence-based consensus for screening, assessment and treatment

Kun Ming Rau, Shiow Ching Shun, Shih Hsin Hung, Hsiu Ling Chou, Ching Liang Ho, Ta Chung Chao, Chun Yu Liu, Ching Ting Lien, Ming Ying Hong, Ching Jung Wu, Li Yun Tsai, Sui Whi Jane, Ruey Kuen Hsieh

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BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common and persistent issues experienced by cancer patients. Cancer-related fatigue is a distinct form of fatigue that is subjective, long-lasting and unalleviated by rest or sleep. Studies have shown that almost all cancer patients experience severe fatigue that disrupts the quality of life and physical function, but cancer-related fatigue remains under-addressed in clinical care, and only about half of all patients receive treatment. METHODS: To increase the awareness of cancer-related fatigue and improve current management, the Taiwan Society of Cancer Palliative Medicine and the Taiwan Oncology Nursing Society convened a consensus committee to develop recommendations for the screening, assessment and treatment of cancer-related fatigue. RESULTS: Thirteen consensus recommendations were subsequently developed based on the best available evidence and the clinical experience of committee members. CONCLUSIONS: These recommendations are expected to facilitate the standardization of cancer-related fatigue management across Taiwan and may also serve as a reference for other clinicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-56
Number of pages11
JournalJapanese journal of clinical oncology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 6 Jan 2023


  • cancer-related fatigue
  • oncology
  • oncology nursing
  • palliative care
  • quality of life


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