Cancer Fatigue

Cancer Related Fatigue

Specialty Niche Programs: Cancer-Related Fatigue

Fatigue can be expected when undergoing cancer treatment. Cancer fatigue is very different from everyday fatigue. Everyday fatigue may be related to stress, lack of sleep, or an extra-hard workout. The fatigue you experience from cancer isn’t your typical, everyday tiredness. Cancer-related fatigue can result from cancer itself or its treatment, but it may also have other causes, such as iron deficiency anemia, or an underactive thyroid. This kind of fatigue drains you of energy, makes your arms and legs feel like lead, and doesn’t relent, no matter how many hours of sleep you get.

Cancer-related fatigue can begin before receiving the diagnosis. It is one of the most common and challenging effects of having cancer. Fatigue may also worsen with treatment.

Causes:

  • Treatments
  • Stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Medications
  • Pain
  • Poor nutrition

Symptoms:

  • Feeling tired
  • Weak
  • Slow
  • Having no energy
  • Depressed
  • Feeling helpless

Cancer fatigue can continue many years after your treatment has ended.

How to Manage Cancer Fatigue:

  • Take short naps or rest breaks during the day
  • Prioritize the things you need to get done first
  • Ask for help from friends and families
  • Exercise, such as a brisk walk or yoga, may help you sleep better at night
  • Eat foods that will give you energy, such as lean proteins (fish, chicken, eggs), fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day

You can learn more about managing cancer-related fatigue here

Cancer-Related Fatigue Programs

Cancer-related fatigue programs are tailored exercise regimens created by our physical therapist in accordance with your unique requirements. They can evaluate you and monitor your progress through treatment, while also helping to keep your energy levels up.

Physical Therapy for Cancer Fatigue:

  • Alleviate fatigue
  • Teach patients how to exercise
  • Improves posture
  • Alleviate dysfunction
  • Help to maintain muscle strength and flexibility
  • Restore muscle balance
  • Help decrease depression by increasing endorphins
  • Improve balance
  • Improve endurance

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