International Journal of Hematology and Oncology 2019, Vol 29, Num 1 Page(s): 078-085
FATIGUE SYNDROME IN PATIENTS WITH LYMPHOMA (HODGKIN AND NON-HODGKIN) AND INFLUENCING FACTORS

Arife AZAK1, Sezgi ÇINAR2

1Pamukkale Üniversitesi Çivril Kadir Kameroğlu Sağlık Yüksekokulu, Denizli
2Marmara Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu, İstanbul

Keywords: Hodgkin lymphoma, Non-hodgkin lymphoma, Fatigue syndrome
This study was designed to evaluate the presence and the level of acute fatigue syndrome in patients with Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Another aim was to define the risk factors that influence the fatigue. To evaluate the acute fatigue syndrome a questionnaire developed by The MD Anderson Cancer Center called “Brief Fatigue Inventory” was used. Data from the study was analysed with variance analysis, correlation and t-test. Overall fatigue level and the impact of fatigue on daily activities were moderate in patients with lymphoma. Advanced age, female sex, illiteracy, being widow or house wife, presence of other chronic disease, hospitalization during chemotherapy were all potantial factors that correlated with increased feeling of fatigue (p<0.05). Considering overall fatigue level and its impact on daily activites, there was no significant difference between patients with Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (p>0.05). In conclusion, it is recommended that the level of acute fatigue syndrome, which is frequently seen in lymphoma patients, should be determined.