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Fatigue

Assessment of Fatigue

An assessment is done to find out the level of fatigue and how it affects the patient's daily life.

There is no test to diagnose fatigue, so it is important for the patient to tell family members and the health care team if fatigue is a problem. To assess fatigue, the patient is asked to describe how bad the fatigue is, how it affects daily activities, and what makes the fatigue better or worse. The doctor will look for causes of fatigue that can be treated.

An assessment of fatigue includes a physical exam and blood tests.

The assessment process may include the following:

A fatigue assessment is repeated at different times to see if there are patterns of fatigue.

A fatigue assessment is repeated to see if there is a pattern for when fatigue starts or becomes worse. Fatigue may be worse right after a chemotherapy treatment, for example. The same method of measuring fatigue is used at each assessment. This helps show changes in fatigue over time.