Chronic fatigue after bone marrow transplant
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Lora Packel MS, PT, Coordinator of Cancer Therapy Services for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:
There are no longitudinal studies regarding chronic fatigue in the bone marrow transplant population. There are short-term studies that do indicate fatigue as an issue that affects quality of life.
The present standard of care for fatigue management is a medical evaluation to rule out anemia and thyroid dysfunction. Once the medical causes for fatigue are addressed, the following may help diminish fatigue:
I would refer you to the NCCN Cancer-Related Fatigue guidelines for more information.