Sleeping in the arms of cancer: A review of sleeping disorders among patients with cancer

Brande Harris, Jeanette Ross, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly

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It is well known that cancer patients experience lack of sleep, which affects their symptoms and decrease their much needed energy, particularly while undergoing treatment. Insomnia, which is defined as a predominant complaint of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality during different phases of the sleep cycle, could easily affect patients' quality of life and even cancer treatment outcomes. In this article, we review the current research on and treatments for insomnia, as well as explore cancer-related fatigue and its connections to sleep disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-305
Number of pages7
JournalCancer Journal (United States)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Cancer patients
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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