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Handgrip exercise may help assess cancer-related fatigue

Pilot study looks at handgrip fatiguing exercises as a subjective assessment

Handgrip fatiguing exercise can provide objective assessment of cancer related fatigue: a pilot study.

Cancer related fatigue (CRF) is a frequently observed and reported outcome of cancer or its treatment. It is associated with significant disability, profoundly limited quality of life and possibly decreases survival.

Experience is subjective and conventionally assessed using self-report measures; however, the reliance on reflective recall can lead to bias and it is recognised that many patients under-report the experience. As such, the need to develop objective measures to optimise assessment and therefore more suitable management is acknowledged.

In this French pilot study, 14 women with advanced breast cancer who were or had recently experienced chemotherapy, and a control group of eleven healthy women, underwent a fatigue handgrip exercise to see if it correlated with the multidimensional experience of CRF.

The study participants’ quality of life


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