Fatigue, weight gain, and altered sexuality in patients with breast cancer: exploration of a symptom cluster.

  title={Fatigue, weight gain, and altered sexuality in patients with breast cancer: exploration of a symptom cluster.},
  author={Margaret Wilmoth and Elizabeth Ann Coleman and Steven C. Smith and Carla Davis},
  journal={Oncology nursing forum},
  volume={31 6},
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES To identify the symptom cluster of fatigue, weight gain, and altered sexuality caused by treatment for breast cancer. DATA SOURCES Published research and literature review articles. DATA SYNTHESIS Fatigue, weight gain, and altered sexuality commonly occur after breast cancer chemotherapy. Each symptom has a significant impact on quality of life; however, viewing them as a symptom cluster magnifies their impact. CONCLUSIONS These symptoms have yet to be studied as a… 

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