Cancer-related fatigue can be caused by the disease itself or the treatment and may last for weeks, months, or even years. It can even continue after treatment ends. Cancer fatigue is different from your everyday fatigue. It is not merely tiredness, which is usually short-term and improves with sleep or rest. Cancer fatigue doesn’t go away with sleep or rest. It can be severe and long-lasting. Cancer fatigue limits your range of motion, weakens your muscles, and makes it harder to balance.
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. That growth requires energy, and cancer absorbs energy that would otherwise go to the rest of the body. Cancer uses your body’s nutrients to grow and advance, so those nutrients are no longer replenishing your body. Between 80% and 100% of cancer patients, according to the American Cancer Society, report experiencing fatigue.
Fatigue is one of the toughest symptoms to manage and one that requires a tremendous amount of effort.
Cancer-Related Fatigue May Impact:
- Physical well-being
- Psychological well-being
- Emotional well-being
Tips for Managing Cancer-Related Fatigue:
- Plan rest periods throughout the day
- Maintain proper nutrition
- Stay as active as you can
- Establish a regular sleeping routine
- Communicate with your health care team
- Keep track of your fatigue from day to day
- Conserve your energy
- Adjust your work schedule
- Find support from others
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Cancer-Related Fatigue Programs
In addition to these steps, visiting a physical therapist can help alleviate your fatigue. You should incorporate physical therapy into your recovery process. After cancer treatment, any amount of physical activity can lessen side effects, aid in body recovery, and fight depression. It can help you preserve or regain your quality of life. Our physical therapist will design a personalized plan of care that will align with your recuperation.