Fatigue Level And Functional Status Among Thoracic Malignancy Patients Undergoing Oncological Treatment In Oncology Department At Tertiary Hospital
Background: Lung cancer had the commonest thoracic malignancies and a major cause of mortality and morbidity in Malaysia and worldwide. Fatigue is one of the common symptoms of cancer patients. Fatigue could be primary when it related to the tumor itself meanwhile it could be defined secondary if it was due to Oncological treatment. Severe and prolonged fatigue could interfere with the patient’s activity and could give a negative impact on the effectiveness of treatment. Changes in functional status in cancer patients could occur as a result of changes in the health status of patients with oncological treatment both physically and psychologically. Functional status was very important due to ways of the evaluation of the progress and impact of the management on oncological treatment in cancer patients. Objective: The primary objectives was to assess fatigue level and functional status among thoracic malignancy patient undergoing oncological treatment such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy and concurrent chemo radiation in oncology department at the tertiary hospital. Methods: This studied was a cross-sectional studied that used medical report and self-administered questionnaire. The population was n = 142. The sampling method used was an universal sampling. Result: The findings shows that there is no significant between fatigue level and functional status among thoracic malignancies patient undergoing oncological treatment since the p value was 0.431.It shows that there is no confounding factors influenced of fatigue level and functional status in thoracic malignancies patient undergoing oncological treatment. However the findings shows that age might be a confounding factors on fatigue level of the patients before and during treatment. Conclusion: As a conclusion, base on this study there was no association between fatigue level and functional status among thoracic malignancies patient’s undergoing oncological treatment. However, the age of patients may affect the fatigue level among them during their treatment.