Behavioral symptoms in patients with breast cancer and survivors.

TitleBehavioral symptoms in patients with breast cancer and survivors.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBower JE
JournalJ Clin Oncol
Date Published2008 Feb 10
KeywordsBehavioral Symptoms, Breast Neoplasms, Cognition Disorders, Depressive Disorder, Fatigue, Female, Humans, Quality of Life, Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders, Survivors

Behavioral symptoms are a common adverse effect of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and include disturbances in energy, sleep, mood, and cognition. These symptoms cause serious disruption in patients' quality of life and may persist for years after treatment. Patients need accurate information about the occurrence of these adverse effects as well as assistance with symptom management. This review considers four of the most common behavioral sequelae of breast cancer, namely fatigue, sleep disturbance, depression, and cognitive impairment. Research on the prevalence, mechanisms, and treatment of each symptom is described, concluding with recommendations for future studies.

Alternate JournalJ. Clin. Oncol.
PubMed ID18258985
PubMed Central IDPMC3057774
Grant ListK07 CA090407 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States
K07 CA090407-06 / CA / NCI NIH HHS / United States