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Changes to This Summary (03 / 29 / 2013)

    The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

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    Factors to Consider in Caregiver Assessment

    To be effective, caregiver assessment should take into account what the caregiver is able and willing to provide. Gender stereotyping may lead the oncology team to assume that women are more able to perform tasks such as wound dressing, feeding, bathing, and wheelchair manipulation, but this is not always the case.[1] Caregiving may be influenced by gender and by the expected caregiver roles within a family unit. A meta-analysis of 84 studies of caregiver burden found that spousal caregivers were...

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    Editorial changes were made to this section.

    Human/Clinical Studies

    Added text about a follow-up study of 302 breast cancer patients that randomly assigned patients to a 6-week course of either daily acupuncture or usual care enhanced by educational booklets on managing fatigue (cited Molassiotis et al. as reference 55).

    This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.

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      Last Updated: February 25, 2014
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