Relationship between anemia, fatigue, and quality of life in cancer patients

  • Yvonne Brandberg


Anemia is a common cause of morbidity among patients with malignancies, especially in those receiving aggressive chemotherapy and in patients with advanced stages of cancer (Groopman and Itri 2000; Khayat 2000). The clinical symptoms of anemia, such as fatigue, dyspnoea, vertigo, loss of appetite, and inability to concentrate impair the patients physical functioning and subjective sense of well-being (Groopman and Itri 2000). By relieving these symptoms, effective treatment of anemia should significantly help to maintain patients’ quality of life (QoL) and also to improve the possibility to complete the antitumor therapy as intended.


Visual Analogue Scale Anemic Cancer Patient Advanced Gastrointestinal Cancer Recombinant Human Erythro Patient Physical Functioning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OncologyKarolinska HospitalStockholmSweden

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