The results of a preliminary study shows that a large percentage of breast cancer survivors with sleep complaints may have a sleep disorder that requires referral to a sleep specialist, according to a report from OncologyNurseAdvisor.

“Integration of basic screening questions in oncology clinic visits is needed to help delineate the problem and better triage those in need of referral,” said Julie Otte, PhD, RN, OCN®, of Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“Up to 75% of breast cancer survivors experience long-term sleep problems. It is one of the top five severe and bothersome symptoms for survivors, and sleep complaints are complex,” explained Otte.

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