Prevalence and Impact of Fatigue on Quality of Life (QOL) of Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Fares M.S. Muthanna, Bassam Abdul Rasool Hassan, Mahmathi Karuppannan, Hamza Khalifa Ibrahim, Ali Haider Mohammed, Egbal Abdulrahman

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Background: Fatigue is a typical consequence of cancer that can affect one’s quality of life (QOL). The goal of this review is to provide comprehensive data on the impact of fatigue on QOL of cancer patients. Methods: An electronic data search in Web of Science, SCOPUS, and PubMed for relevant papers; those written in English; those reporting quantitative data; and those including more than one hundred patients who received just chemotherapy were included. Studies involving participants that received other kinds of anti-neoplastic therapies were excluded. Results: A total of 35 papers published between January 2000 and December 2021 were retrieved from the search databases of which (11612 patients) met the inclusion criteria. Findings showed that fatigue negatively affected QOL with a pooled prevalence of 49% (95% CI; 25.00-74.00) and the significant heterogeneity between articles was (I2=98%, P <0.001). Further, breast cancer contributed to the majority of selected articles with about 55 % (95%CI; 9:00-94:00), followed by cancer (unspecified) 44% (95%CI; 5:00 – 92:00). Most studies (71%) (95%CI; 4:00 – 99:00) used the brief fatigue inventory (BFI) tool to assess severity of fatigue and 39% (95%CI; 17:00 -68:00) employed the European Organisation for the Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire to evaluate QOL among cancer survivors. Conclusion: The prevalence of fatigue in cancer patients is high and fatigue has a negative impact on QOL of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-781
Number of pages13
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • cancer patients
  • Fatigue
  • prevalence
  • quality of life

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