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Contribution of cultural behavioural patterns and family-informed interventions in cancer-related fatigue
  1. Alp Ozel
  1. Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal Universitesi, Bolu, Turkey
  1. Correspondence to Alp Ozel, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal Universitesi, Bolu, Turkey; ptalpozel{at}

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Commentary on: Li H, Ng MSN, Jin X, et al. ‘Life became slow down’: a descriptive qualitative study of the experiences of cancer-related fatigue amongst people with advanced lung cancer. Palliat Med 2023; Sep;37 (8):1168–1182. doi: 10.1177/02692163231184926. Epub 2023 Jul 3.

Implications for practice and research

  • Multidimensional measurement of cancer-related fatigue in clinical practice may contribute to coping strategies based on the assumption that it affects physical, emotional and cognitive domains.

  • More effective and family-informed interventions are needed in future research to improve cancer-related fatigue management.


Most types of fatigue cannot be directly observed; therefore, its importance and treatment are often overlooked. Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) and its treatment differs greatly from the fatigue experienced by the general population. Previous studies have shown that comprehensive support tailored to the individual’s priorities can positively encourage appropriate management of CRF. Planning CRF self-management interventions is crucial to …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.