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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Supervisor

Dr. Philip Doyle

Abstract

Head and neck cancer (HNCa) presents numerous challenges secondary to treatment. While there is substantial clinical awareness to the range of challenges demonstrated in this population, information on the impact of fatigue in recovery and rehabilitation is limited. This study investigated the degree of perceived fatigue in those treated for HNCa. The study was a cross-sectional, self-report, survey design. Adult participants (n=55) completed a series of four validated questionnaires. Two validated measures specific to fatigue (FSI and MFI-20) and two quality of life measures (EORTC-QLQ-C30 and EORTC-QLQ-H&N35) were administered. Correlational analysis revealed an inverse relationship between fatigue and measures of QOL implying that as fatigue increases, one’s perceived QOL decreases. These data suggest that efforts to proactively index fatigue and seek anticipatory interventions may benefit both short- and long-term QOL outcomes.

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