Distress, Fatigue, and Sexuality: Understanding and Treating Concerns and Symptoms in Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Background: The psychological needs of patients and caregivers may be inadvertently overlooked, contributing to the patient’s distress and possibly compromising outcomes. Untreated, these psychological needs may impair the patient’s ability to make decisions and adhere to treatment.

Objectives: This article aims to present consensus statements to guide oncology nurses in the recognition and management of distress, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction in patients with multiple myeloma (MM).

Methods: Members of the International Myeloma Foundation Nursing Leadership Board reviewed the current literature and clinical experience regarding interventions related to distress, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction in patients with MM.

Findings: Ongoing patient education and attention to medical and psychological care is important to assess and address patients’ needs, such as cancer-related fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and distress.

Authors:

Donna Catamero, Kimberly Noonan, Tiffany Richards, Beth Faiman, Cindy Manchulenko, Hollie Devine, Page Bertolotti, Charise Gleason, and the International Myeloma Foundation Nurse Leadership Board

CJON 2017, 21(5), 7-18 DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.S5.7-18

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