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Breast cancer being most common type of cancer throughout the globe. Treatment commonly opted for treating cancer is chemotherapy. This sudden introduction of high dosed drugs and cytotoxic chemicals has its drawbacks and patient complains of various side-effects such as fatigue and pain. Relaxation techniques have been used to treat fatigue as well as pain. Lesser literature is available on Jacobson’s Progressive Relaxation Technique (JPRT) being performed for fatigue and pain. Various studies are done on chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, for adverse psychological effects of chemotherapy like anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, scant researches are found focusing on fatigue and pain. Thus this study aims to learn about immediate effect of JPRT on chemo-induced fatigue and pain. The objective is to determine the immediate effect of JPRT among immediate post-chemotherapy patients with breast cancer survivors for Fatigue and Pain. The study was done in Maharashtra among patients admitted for chemotherapy. 30 patients participated during the duration of 3 month. Cancer Fatigue scale and Numerical Pain Rating Scale was used for outcomes. Immediately after chemotherapy, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) was induced in patients. Pre-test and post-test were taken before and after intervention. Patient showed significant results after progressive muscle relaxation and felt relieved to some extent from fatigue and pain. The average score pre intervention for fatigue through Cancer Fatigue Scale (CFS) was 37.2 and post intervention was 31.03 which was quite remarkable. And the average score for pain before intervention by Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS) was 8.19 and after intervention it was 6.57. The p-value for CFS and NPRS was <0.0001 and <0.0001 respectively. All patients showed decrease in symptoms to some extent. Fatigue and pain both are less explored divisions among side effects of chemotherapy even though these are the most commonly experienced effects. Immediate after chemotherapy is when patient encounters utmost intensity fatigue and pain. Rather making it worse with time, the sufferings can be reduced by simple performance of PRT.
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