Overview of Fatigue in Cancer Patients Which Undergo Chemotherapy
Ulfa Husnul Fata
Nursing Study Program of STIKes Patria Husada Blitar
Jl. Sudanco Supriyadi 168 Blitar, Jawa Timur
One of the side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients is fatigue. Fatigue is a feeling of tired, exhausted, or lack of energy that can that may take in several days, weeks, or months. The purpose of this study was to identify fatigue on cancer patients which undergo chemotherapy. The population of this study was adult cancer patients that undergoing chemotherapy in the Dharmais Cancer Hospital Jakarta. The research method was descriptive with a sample size of 95 respondents. The sampling technique used consecutive sampling. The data collection used questionnaires by respondents and accompanied by the researcher. The result of this study showed that 53 (55.8%) of respondents experienced mild fatigue, and 42 (44.2%) of respondents experienced severe fatigue. Fatigue in cancer patients undergo chemotherapy often causes by physical and psychological problems. The predisposing of fatigue in patients undergoes chemotherapy including cancer burden, treatments of cancer, nutritional problems, infections, and psychological factors including depression, anxiety, and stress. Therefore, identification of the causes of fatigue is needed to prevent more severe fatigue in cancer patients undergo chemotherapy.
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