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New Directions in Cancer-related Fatigue Research Highlight M. D. Anderson Conference February 19-20, 2000

New Directions in Cancer-related Fatigue Research Highlight M. D. Anderson Conference February 19-20, 2000
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/03/00 

New directions in cancer-related fatigue research highlight a conference here Feb. 19 & 20 in which top cancer specialists nationwide will discuss Cancer-Related Fatigue, New Directions for Research.

In recognition of this real, but treatable side effect, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is hosting the first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary conference focused solely on cancer-related fatigue. Physicians, researchers, nurses and allied health professionals are invited to attend.

The fatigue experienced by a person with cancer is different from the tiredness of every day life. It limits the ability to work, attend school or perform daily activities and can take a mental toll, causing forgetfulness and depression. According to experts at M. D. Anderson, approximately three out of four cancer patients experience fatigue, yet few seek or receive treatment for it, a lapse cancer specialists now are trying to remedy.

"Twenty years ago researchers began looking at pain, how to measure it and treat it. We are now at that point with fatigue. We need to develop effective treatment strategies. One product of this conference is a research agenda which will speed those efforts along," said Dr. Charles Cleeland, conference director and director of M. D. Anderson's Pain Research Group.

"In addition, the conference will provide the latest information on the causes of cancer-related fatigue. From this, we hope to generate research initiatives and recommendations," he added.

The conference convenes at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Hickey Auditorium, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd. with welcoming remarks by Dr. Robert Bast, head of the Division of Medicine at M. D. Anderson. Sessions scheduled for the first day will focus on basic science, management and intervention and treatment-related fatigue.

Highlights of the two-day conference are listed below.

Saturday, Feb. 19

  • At 11:15 a.m., Dr. Razelle Kurzrock will discuss "The Role of Cytokines in Fatigue-Related Symptoms of Cancer."
  • "Effects of Exercises on Cancer-Related Fatigue" will be presented at 1 p.m. by Dr. Fernando Dimeo, from the Institut of Sports Medicine in Berlin, Germany.
  • Dr. Pamela M. Peeke with the National Institutes of Health will speak at 2 p.m. on "The Evolving Science of Nutrition and Cancer."

Sunday, Feb. 20

  • The entire day will be spent in work groups in which participants will have an opportunity to develop needed research initiatives. Five areas - Basic Research, Clinical Trials, New Agents, Funding Ideas for New Research, and Assessment and Epidemiologic Issues - will be addressed.

Individuals interested in attending the conference should call M. D. Anderson's Conference Services Department at (713) 792-2222. A copy of the conference brochure may be found on the Internet at


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