Guideline for the management of fatigue in children and adolescents with cancer or pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant recipients: 2023 update
Fatigue; Pediatric oncology; Practice guideline
Objective was to update a clinical practice guideline (CPG) for the management of fatigue in children and adolescents with cancer or pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant recipients. We reconvened a multi-disciplinary and multi-national panel. While the previous 2018 CPG evaluated adult and pediatric randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to manage fatigue, this 2023 update revised previous recommendations based only on pediatric RCTs. Twenty RCTs were included in the updated systematic review. Physical activity significantly reduced fatigue (standardized mean difference -0.44, 95% confidence interval -0.64 to -0.24; n = 8 RCTs). Using the 2018 recommendations as a basis, the panel continued to make strong recommendations to use physical activity, and to offer relaxation, mindfulness or both, to manage fatigue in pediatric patients. Cognitive or cognitive behavioral therapies may be offered. Pharmacological approaches should not be routinely used. The panel made a new good practice statement to routinely assess for fatigue, ideally using a validated scale.
Patel, Priya; Robinson, Paula D.; van der Torre, Patrick; Tomlinson, Deborah; Seelisch, Jennifer; Oberoi, Sapna; Morgan, Jessica E.; Hinds, Pamela S.; Götte, Miriam; Gibson, Faith; Duong, Nathan; Davis, Hailey; Culos-Reed, S Nicole; Cataudella, Danielle; Miranda, Vanessa; Dupuis, L Lee; and Sung, Lillian, "Guideline for the management of fatigue in children and adolescents with cancer or pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant recipients: 2023 update" (2023). GW Authored Works. Paper 3186.