OBJECTIVE: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a common and distressing symptom experienced by teenage and young adult cancer patients (TYAs). This study aimed to explore clinicians' perspectives, practices and challenges in supporting TYAs with CRF.
METHOD: Ten clinicians from a TYA multidisciplinary team (MDT) participated in semi-structured interviews which were thematically analysed.
RESULTS: Clinicians perceived CRF as a common, but individual experience for TYAs and framed the broad impact of CRF in the context of TYAs' development. Clinicians' assessment and management of CRF for TYAs varied. Clinicians described a range of challenges affecting their practice in supporting TYAs with CRF, including limited knowledge, difficulties engaging TYAs, inadequate time in consultations and a lack of age-appropriate resources.
CONCLUSIONS: Despite clinicians' good insight into TYAs' unique experiences of CRF, the assessment and management of CRF for TYAs are complicated by numerous challenges. The development of evidence-based interventions and guidelines, clear pathways of care, and TYA-friendly resources, measures and programmes, is vital to support clinicians, and TYAs, in managing CRF.