Ellen Stephenson

Ellen Stephenson
University of Toronto | U of T

PhD

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Fatigue is a common and distressing symptom in cancer-patients during cancer treatment. However, some patients remain severely fatigued even after treatment has been completed. As the population of cancer survivors is growing and fatigue negatively affects daily life it is important to identify mechanisms that maintain fatigue after cancer treatment has been finished. As patients are not facing their illness alone, we are especially interested in how the fatigue influences the relationship of the patient and his/her intimate partner and how the intimate partner deals with the patients' fatigue. We conduct a dyadic diary-study: patients and their partners fill in short questionnaires daily about the fatigue, cognitions regarding fatigue etc. By this, we aim to identify patient behaviors, spouse reactions and couples’ cognitions that maintain fatigue after cancer treatment has been finished. These insights can be crucial for designing intervention modules for couples to help them dealing with fatigue after cancer treatment.