Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dealing with Fatigue

Fatigue is a common side effect of chemotherapy. This can result in a
major lifestyle change for cancer patients. This week, Mayo Clinic
posted a podcast interview with experts in the field on the topic of
fatigue management. Click here to listen to the entire six-minute podcast.
Otherwise, I've outlined the important points for you below:

The following can reduce fatigue:

  • Decrease stress

  • Maintain balanced diet

  • Follow up with regular appointments

  • Exercise routinely

Regarding the exercise: don't push your body with extreme workouts,
but gently keep your body in shape. They recommend low-impact,
repetitive activities. Walking or casual bicycling are good examples.
Some studies show that relapse is much less likely if regular exercise
regimens are continued, both throughout the treatments and after.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is great advice. Unless the cancer patient is extraordinarily sick, getting out of bed and staying active can have a tremendous impact on their emotional well-being.