Dr. Susan Tannenbaum, MD

University of Connecticut Health Center

A Comprehensive Study to Identify Cause of Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Breast Irradiation

Awarded $50,000

About this Project:  

Women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer often experience fatigue.  Although well-recognized as a side-effect of radiation treatment, the reasons why fatigue develops are unclear.  Our study aims to identify the potential causes of radiation-induced fatigue.  We will achieve this by creating a thorough psychological profile for each participant in our study.  We will correlate any changes in this profile with several clinical and laboratory measures of tissue damage.  Understanding the underlying mechanism for the development of radiation-fatigue will also bring us closer to identifying interventions to overcome this complication.