Pain, Fatigue, Insomnia and Brain Fog Continue After Treatment for Many Cancer Patients

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Research presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago June 4-8 reported that following treatment cancer survivors often continue to suffer moderate to severe problems of pain, fatigue, sleep, memory, and concentration for 3 to 5 years. Two hundred forty eight cancer survivors (breast, colorectal, lung,and prostate) primarily female, with most beyyond 5 year survival were evaluated. The most common symptoms reported were: fatigue (16%), disturbed sleep (15%), pain (13%), and cognitive impairment (13%). Physicians and health care providers need to be more aware of these problems and educate survivors on natural ways to deal with them.

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