People with cancer commonly experience fatigue as a result of the challenges of cancer and the treatment you go through. This type of fatigue might feel like persistent physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. This might feel different than feeling tired after not getting enough rest. It might interfere with daily life and it may not match the person’s level of activity. It won’t improve with rest and might continue long after your treatment ends.
Cancer clinicians and researchers are diligently looking for effective ways to manage cancer-related fatigue. Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, describes eight ways to cope with cancer-related fatigue:[ 1 ]
- Treat medical conditions or other conditions that worsen fatigue.
- Get moving.
- Take time to relax.
- Eat well.
- Practice good sleep habits.
- Engage in mind-body strategies.
- Consider therapy and counseling.
- Get a massage.
Some mind-body approaches also help patients, regular fitness, and therapies like healing touch and therapeutic touch.
We will set up an exercise counseling session during which symptoms will be reviewed and current functional status, as well as current and previous exercise habits. We will provide you with individualized exercise recommendations and include plans which will help you reach your goals.
- Credit: BCCT: Fatigue
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: 8 Ways to Cope With Cancer-Related Fatigue
- National Cancer Institute: Fatigue and Cancer Treatment
- Meneses-Echávez JF, González-Jiménez E, Ramírez-Vélez R. Effects of supervised exercise on cancer-related fatigue in breast cancer survivors: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cancer. 2015 Feb 21;15:77.
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