Feb. 3, 2003

Moores UCSD Cancer Center Launches
Fatigue Study for African American Cancer Patients

African American men and women who are experiencing fatigue may be eligible to participate in a new study being conducted through the Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, in conjunction with colleagues from the Psychology Department at San Diego State University.

Fatigue is one of the most commonly reported symptoms in cancer patients. It decreases the quality of life and can persist for months, even years, after the completion of treatment. Cancer related fatigue often interferes with a person's ability to resume normal activity.

Studies of fatigue conducted to date have been done with a predominantly Caucasian sample; therefore, little is known about fatigue in other ethnic groups.

"Cancer is common among African Americans," said Georgia Robins Sadler, Ph.D., principal investigator of the study and the Cancer Center's associate director for Community Outreach and Education. "It is critical that we learn more about how fatigue affects African American cancer survivors so better treatments can be created."

The study is designed to explore the dimensions and characteristics of the post-cancer-treatment fatigue experiences in the African American community. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their personal fatigue, complete questionnaires, and monitor their fatigue for one month.

To be eligible for the study, both men and women must have completed treatment for at least three months, be experiencing cancer-related fatigue, speak and read English, and live in San Diego County. Participants will receive up to $100 at the end of the study.

For further information, contact Georgia Sadler at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, 858-534-7611.

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