Here is a link to an important story we found on CancerCompass.com for
cancer nurses, docs, patients and caregivers:
Cancer Patients’ Secondary Symptoms Need Attention
Here are some highlights from the first part of the article:
MONDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) — Many cancer patients with pain or depression also experience physical symptoms, such as fatigue, dry mouth and nausea, that can cause disability, a new study shows.
Doctors need to recognize and treat these symptoms in order to improve quality of life for cancer patients, said Dr. Kurt Kroenke, of the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indiana University, and Regenstrief Institute Inc. in Indianapolis, and colleagues.
They analyzed data from 405 cancer patients who had either pain or depression and found that all the patients had at least one of 22 physical symptoms examined in the study. More than half of patients reported 15 of the 22 symptoms.
The most common symptoms were fatigue (97.5 percent), difficulty sleeping (about 79 percent), pain in limbs or joints (78 percent), back pain (nearly 75 percent) and memory problems (72 percent).
No surprises here. Just about any cancer patient could have told this to anyone who would listen!
Quality of life issues are becoming even more important for us as life expectancies increase. It is one thing to create medications which extend our lives. But how does all of this therapy affect our bodies, minds and spirit?
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat